Flint Institute of Arts launches new programming and late-night Thursday hours

FLINT, Michigan — Children, families, and adults can now enjoy The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) even more with its launch of new programming and expanded hours on Thursdays. 

“We’re excited to begin hosting new programming for Late Night Thursdays,” says Marissa Pierce, director of development at FIA. “It’s a great way for members of our community to visit and experience the FIA, and begin to wind down at the end of the week. In addition to new programming, all of our galleries, The Museum Shop, and The Palette Cafe are also open late.” 

Planned programming includes an art school activity clay sculpture demonstration on March 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the lobby. Faculty member Gwen Darling will demonstrate sculpting techniques, discuss her work and share information about Art School courses.

On March 9 at 6 p.m. in the Isabel Hall, there will be a book discussion by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. The first of a two-part segment, the discussion will focus on the novel, “The Personal Librarian.”

The book details J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle de Costa Green, who was forced to hide her true identity, and passed as a white woman. Famous for her intellect, style, and wit, Belle went to great lengths to protect her family and legacy amidst a racist world. 

Promotional flier for the FIA's Thursday Late Night's clay sculpture demonstration being held on March 2, 2023.On March 16 at 6 p.m. in the FIA Theater, an illustrated Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture will focus on The Catalan Atlas of 1375. Made for King Charles V of France, the table map measures 10 feet long and 2 feet high, and holds a special place in the history of cartography. Dr. Cruse, an associate professor of French at Arizona State University will host the lecture. 

On March 23, the second part of “The Personal Librarian” book discussion continues.

On March 30 at 6 p.m. in the FIA Theater, the film, “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power, will be shown. The eye-opening documentary sheds light on the sexual politics of cinematic design. Filmmaker Nina Menkes highlights clips from hundreds of films, challenging our views of cinematic shot designs and examining the gendered techniques. 

Current FIA exhibits are also available to late-night visitors, including Ways of Seeing: The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama, Expressions: Works on Paper by African American Artists, and The Art of Refreshment.

The Flint Institute of Arts is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for FIA members and Genesee County residents, $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under, $8 for students with ID and for seniors. Admission is free for everyone on Saturday, courtesy of Huntington Bank.
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