Flint Institute of Arts to host 23rd Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser this month

FLINT, Michigan — The Flint Institute of Arts Museum + Art School has partnered with the Junior League of Flint (JLF) and Xcelerated IT Strategies for the 23rd Annual Wine Tasting happening on Saturday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) located at 1120 E Kearsley St.

Cleverly named 'In Vino Veritas,' this 21+ night of wine and well-curated fun will help raise funds for FIA's museum programming and outreach programs for PreK-12 students, the Junior League of Flint, and its community partners.

“To expand our audience and meet our mission of connecting diverse communities through fun, creative, and inspiring visual art experiences, the FIA partners with the Junior League of Flint to not only support the museum, but the JLF and its community partners,” said Ashley Toth-McMillan, FIA Director of Visitor Services.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample over 50 wines, try their hand at blackjack, play the roulette wheel, and engage in a wine pull for a chance to purchase a mystery bottle of wine. Every $20 entry receives a number that corresponds to a mystery bottle, including some very rare and expensive bottles of wine.

Tickets are limited and can only be purchased at the event or online. Each guest will also receive a wine glass to take home as a souvenir. 

Attendees try their hands at blackjack at the FIA's previous annual wine-tasting event.
“We are a critical force for positive change in Flint and essential to the city’s quality of life and economic vitality,” said Toth-McMillan. “Genesee County has come to depend on a vibrant arts and cultural community to attract talent, and business investment and simply make it a great place to live, work, and explore. It is our intention, through our varied programs, to serve as agents of social change, creating experiences filled with wondrous things that remind us of what it is to be human, and to stimulate dialog around issues that increase empathy and compassion.”

From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Willson and Bray Renaissance Galleries, there will be a Sponsor-Only VIP reception with Eagle Eye Brands as the distributor. The brand is bringing eight high-end wines valued from $70-$200 and will join the event again in the Main Event with Vintage Wine Co., The Wine Poor Distribution, and Woodberry Wine. Guests can support FIA’s distributors on-site by ordering wines from the event at a discounted rate that evening. 

Event Details:

Sponsor-Only VIP – 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Willson and Bray Renaissance Galleries
*Limited capacity, sponsorship includes (12) 1oz. samples per guest.
Main Event – 7-9 p.m. in FIA’s lobby and Isabel Hall.
*Ticket purchase includes (6) 1oz. samples. Additional samples will be available to buy at the event.
FIA & JLF Members - $100/guest
Non-Members - $125/guest
*Wines featured at the event will be available to order at a discounted rate that evening.

The FIA has a long-standing mission of making a positive impact in Flint and Genesee County and continues its efforts to support the area and provide residents with beneficial art experiences.

“The Flint Institute of Arts Museum + Art School has served Flint and the surrounding areas for more than 90 years,” shared Toth-McMillan. “As the second-largest art museum in Michigan and one of the largest museum-connected art schools in the United States, more than 160,000 people visit its galleries and participate in its programs and services. As the priorities of our community evolve, the FIA strives to adapt its programming to bring art experiences to those who will benefit most.”

To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, interested parties are encouraged to visit: flintarts.org/events/wine-tasting
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