Out of an abundance of caution, the FIA Staff and Community Gala Committee have decided to postpone the Community Gala event originally scheduled for January 22nd to Saturday, April 2, 2022. We believe taking these proactive measures will help ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community. To maintain the safest event possible, guests will be required to show proof of the COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 48hrs to enter the Gala. Questions or concerns please contact the Events Department at events@flintarts.org or 810.234.1695.

You are invited to view the spectacular exhibition Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male exhibition by Jerry Taliaferro between Saturday, January 22 through Saturday, April 16, 2022. It features 49 men from the Flint community portrayed in stunning black-and-white and color photographs. The exhibition marks both the return of Taliaferro to Flint and the fifth anniversary of Women of a New Tribe, a popular exhibition that featured 49 women from the Flint community. 

The FIA and Communities First, Inc. look forward to presenting a wonderful and safe celebration in April with Jerry Taliaferro present to honor our local men. The evening will include a discussion with the artist followed by a strolling buffet, live entertainment and a cash bar. All galleries will be open for your enjoyment. Theater seating is first come, first served; doors close at 6:00p. Overflow seating will be available in Isabel Hall to view a live stream of the lecture. Reservations may be purchased online, by calling the FIA at 810.234.1695 or visiting us in person. (Tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.)

Proceeds directly support exhibitions and expand the African American art collection at the FIA.

Sons Artist Jerry Taliaferro
Jerry Taliaferro

Q&A with Jerry Taliaferro

Presentation @ 6:00p

FIA Theater

Jerry Taliaferro was born in the small southern town of Brownsville, Tennessee. After graduating high school in May 1972, he joined the Army. His real interest began in 1981 when he was posted to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for Special Forces training. While serving in Germany, his fascination with photography continued to grow and, in 1985, he was published for the first time when a Munich magazine purchased the rights to one of his images.

Saturday, April 2, 2022 • 6p–9p

Artist Q&A: 6:00p | Reception: 7:00p–9:00p
ReservationsIn AdvanceAt the Door
FIA Members$40$60

Proceeds from the Gala support exhibitions and help to expand the African American art collection at the FIA.

Theater seating is first-come, first-served. Overflow seating will be available in Isabel Hall to view a live stream of the lecture.

2022 Sponsors

Signature Sponsor
Communities First, Inc. logo
Applebee's Grill + Bar logo

Gold Sponsors
Idealease logo
Silver Sponsors
Friends of Berston Field House logo
Health Alliance Plan logo

Hurley Medical Center logo
Copper Sponsors
Mrs. Eleanor E. BrownellEdward Jones - Eric Gasper/Tyler Boyd ELGA Credit Union logo
Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church logo

The Hamo Group logo Joseph M. Hamo

Prasad & Jayashree Kommareddi
Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home
Mott Community College logo

North Gate logo
Drs. Venkat & Rama Rao

Serra Foundation logo
Alvern & Theresa Stephens-Lock
University of Michigan - Flint logo
Valley Area Agency on Aging logo
Word of Life Christian Church logo
Bronze Sponsors
Henry & Mary AllenAlpha Phi Alpha - Epsilon Upsilon Chapter 
James & Kathryn Boles
Consumers Energy Flint Public Library Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church 
Louis Hawkins 
Kingdom of Heaven Ministries 
Dr. Ramotsumi & Velynda Makhene 
Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church
Drs. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala
Plante Moran
Dr. & Mrs. Kienan F. Murphy
Eric Peterson
Mr. Milton & Dr. Brenda Rogers-Grays
Ann & Khalil Saab
Shea Automotive Group
Dr. Sharon A. Simeon & Mr. Marshall H. Sanders, Jr. 
Woodrow & Reta Stanley
Woodrow Stanley Youth Foundation
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Zeta Beta Zeta Chapter
Friends Sponsors
Mr. Glen Adams & Ms. Maria Gonzalez
Mrs. Janice B. AdamsLeon & Patricia Adams
Celestia R. BellMatthew & Rachel Bouvier
Chia Morgan Professional Services
The Cho$en Few Arts Council Honorables Floyd & Brenda Clack Andrew & Wendy Cox
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Genesee Health PlanDavid and Linda Gibson
Gary & Carol Hurand
Lynne Hurand
Dr. Gary K. Johnson
Mrs. Nina M. LewisTom & Kay LillieThe Links, Inc. - Flint Area (MI) Chapter
Lavern Lock & Annette Frazier
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church 
Honorable Tabitha M. Marsh & Mr. Jermarx Marsh
Sean & Eureka McCormick
Kathryn Moeller
Olmsted Associates, Inc.
Jim & Jane Richardson
Mr. Alvin & Mrs. Renee Sanders
Chuck & Kathryn Sharbaugh
Omar and Donyale Sims
Singh & Arora Oncology/Hematology P.C.Sovita Credit Union
Mr. & Mrs. LaPrice J. Stills
Ernelle Taylor
Unique Impressions Salon - Gloria A. Tyus 
Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Walterhouse
Dr. Jay & Mrs. Janis Werschky
Todd & Lisa Wiseley