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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies

Mission: To be a catalyst of and advocate for increased artistic and cultural enrichment of an ethnically diverse community.

Programs: Art presentations to the public at various locations.

community art education and coordination.

mcaca regional regranting and regranting to local non profit cutural events and art projects and programs. Also techinical assistance to local artists.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mass Transportation Authority has worked with the Greater Flint Arts Council for over ten years through the successful “Federal Design and Art in Transit” program. The program helps local communities include art as an integral part of the design of transit facilities throughout the United States. Working closely with the Greater Flint Arts Council, the program has brought new life to MTA facilities with artwork created by successful Michigan artists. The artworks grace the walls and exterior spaces of MTA’s various buildings and centers across Genesee County. The collection of art reflects the relationships between people and public transportation. Each individual service center has a specific theme attached to it, so that throughout the building and grounds, continuity flows through the artwork. Through a successful partnership with the Greater Flint Arts Council, Michigan artists have created beautiful pieces that contribute to the quality of life of Genesee County residents, giving them the ability to view various mixed media, including hanging and standing sculptures and paintings. The community is fortunate to have a wonderful agency such as the Greater Flint Arts Council.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Greater Flint Arts Council has been a beacon to which many are drawn, me with artwork in hand. I have been given the opprotunity to show my work for going on 5 years. The arts council has helped give reason and respect to my work in a way unparalleled in my life thus far. Not only is my work shown consistently I find myself in situations that are a big stretch for me. I have a serious case of social anxiety. I also volunteer for openings and am getting better at being around crowds. I am rather phobic in tight crowded areas but these openings bring out artists and supporters and I know we depend on their (my)attendence in order to be successful. Just being there and the people I have met there has taught me alot. Being part of the arts council gives me hope and something to work towards. I am disabled from the military and was quite isolated until I found this outlet and other outlets that Kathy Johnson has helped me research. It's amazing to me to have found this organization in Flint, Michigan, a town whose negative reputation completely contrasts what's going on in the art community here with the Greater Flint Arts Council leading the way.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Greater Flint Arts Council helps to keep our city alive and connected to the visual and audio delights of the world. Free and low cost events provided by the council spread excitement and encouragement to the struggling and established artists alike. The community is truely blessed by this organization. I enjoy the Flint Jazz Festival and Tunes at Noon and so appreciate the efforts of the the staff at the GFAC.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Greater Flint Art Council has made a positive and economic profitable impact on the City Of Flint. They have been a cataylst for bringing people of diverse cultural backgrounds into downtown Flint to appreciate art. Helping to breakdown racial and cultural barriers and open the door for a more positive community. Tom Webber

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to many different communities that are far larger than Flint and they do not offer such a wonderful local gallery with such high quality art. The Greater Flint Arts Council is a gem and your community is lucky to have it.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The monthly Art Walks are awesome and contribute a great deal to bringing back downtown Flint. We have brought several of our friends along and they have been shocked that someting so "cool" and fun would be available in Flint.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization provides a great presence in the center of town for both artists and those who enjoy art. I enjoy the inclusive way the staff welcome artists and give them opportunities to share their work both in the monthly art displays and at various local sites. I participated in several small classes at the center that widened my experience and enriched my life. Thanks, GFAC, for continuing to shine and encourage us all. If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could provide more classes, extend its services, and expand art activities with children and adults. In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are a lack of funding and of public awareness of all they provide. One thing I'd also say is that being downtown is great, but some who might come to evening functions are afraid to go into the area after dark.

11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Downtown Flint FIRST. Friday Art Walks-GREAT way to to enjoy our city. Add more live JAZZ downtown events I Love Flints Multiculturalism.

5 artist-diane

Client Served

Rating: 5

GREATER FLINT ARTS COUNCIL has been one of the pillars of the city of Flint Renaissance. this very dedicated arts council has always seen the cup a half full to completely full. They are always there for the artists with programs, encouragement, kindness and compassion. (sometimes it is not easy to be an artist) They have consistently put on one of the best art events every single month for years and years. They run the gallery and council professionally and are always striving for a way to do things better..to serve the artists and community better. This is a very tenacious bunch of people who seem to eat, sleep, and breathe art in every venue. They bring out the best in the people in this community who have even the tinest bit of creativity in then. They help that art spirit and assist in nuturing it in anyone who wishes. Greater Flint Arts Council workers go beyond the call of duty!!!!!!! This is great place!!!

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Greater Flint Arts Council!! From my beginnings in my business, the Arts Council has always been supportive, providing space and being informative on where to look and go in support of my Art. I look forward to working more with the Arts Council in the future!