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Greater Flint Arts Council

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Nonprofit Overview

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.

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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!!!

1

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!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been enjoying the wonderful artists and shows that the Arts council does for many many years. The arts council is without a doubt one of the best gems that Genessee County has to offer, for that matter the state of Michigan. The art walk, the Quilt shows and my favorite The Flint Jazz Festival that I am a volunteer for, for many years. If you have never been into the Gallery at the council you are missing some great art by are local artists. Every year I see the arts council giving this community something great to rejoice about. I hope it never changes but to grow

12

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended a number of events sponsored and coordianted by the council and have not been disappointed. I have also see the work behind the scenes. This group works very hard and puts their all into what they do. In a community that has seen more than it's share of troubles, the Arts Council has been and continues to be a shining light. They work hard to bring quality and diverse entertainment to all of their community events as well as their gallery. The staff is to be commended for all they do and how they serve the Flint and Genesee County community.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Michigan artist, I find the Greater Flint Arts Council a valuable resource in providing exhibit venues for my art work, assisting me in building my art career and providing assistance in acquiring grants. Also, the GFAC, through their monthly newsletter,provides information on galleries, stores and juried art shows to which artists can submit and display their art work. As a member of another art organization,I find that the Greater Flints Arts Council is very helpful in providing other art organizations with assistance in the growth of the art organization, assistance in special community projects and assistance in grants. One example of a project which the GFAC assisted another art organization was the Deer-In-Lapeer art project. The GFAC assisted us in organizing the project and acquiring a grant to fund the community art project. The staff at the GFAC is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I find that artist members of the GFAC are also friendly and helpful. I highly recommended the GFAC to other artists when considering an art organization to join. I also recommend attending the art shows and artists receptions to all my friends and family. If there were more than five stars in the rating system I would recommend atleast ten stars for the GFAC!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Greater Flint Arts Council is a shining star in our small metropolis. Their whole scenario during the 2nd Friday Artwalk is comparable to any "big city" event. Thanks to the creative talents of Greg and Cathy GFAC is a strength in our community!

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I find Cathy and Greg to be great advocates for art as well as the artist. Great place to be a member.