Their Beginning: Established in 1928, the FIA was founded by community leaders who felt the city needed a place where students could pursue studio courses and the public could enjoy art exhibitions. In 1958, the FIA moved to its current site, located in what was to become the cultural and academic heart of Flint, the Flint Cultural Center. Over the years, the Flint Institute of Arts has emerged as one of Michigan’s largest and most enduring fine arts museums.
Today, the museum’s permanent collection includes more than 7,500 works of art, many of which are by renowned artists from the past and present. In addition to installations of the permanent collection, eight to ten special exhibitions are scheduled each year. The FIA Art School offers classes for students from age 2 1/2 to senior citizens, and thousands of adults and children visit the museum or participate in its programs annually.
Hours and Location:
1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503
Mon–Wed & Fri, 12p–5p
Sat, 10a–5p (Free Target Saturdays)
Mission Statement: Their Education Department has a mission statement: The Flint Institute of Arts is committed to promoting understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts through high quality art education programs. We believe art is a vital component of life and that learning is a lifelong process. Our educational programming provides dynamic and enriching experiences for people of all ages with all levels of familiarity with art.
Our programs invite people to gain greater understanding and enjoyment of the FIA’s outstanding permanent collection and special exhibitions. They are designed to present learning opportunities that are rich in content and stimulate imagination, thought and creativity.
Contact Info and How They Find Artists:
Something Different: They boast having whole sets of works ranging from Kara Walker and Matthew Wead to 17th century French Tapestries that fit into an extension added to the building just to display them. Also have a theater as well as a school that is inside of the building. The school is the 15th largest in an art museum in the United States.
Artists Who Have Been Involved with the Space: Judy Pfaff, Ed Fraga, Gee’s Bend Quilters, Matthew Wead, Childe Hassam, Ed Zelenak, Claude DeMonte, Dale Chihuly, Sabina Klein