17th Annual Community Gala

Saturday, January 20, 2024 

Lecture: 6p | Reception: 7p-9p

The Flint Institute of Arts and Communities First, Inc. present the 17th Annual Community Gala on January 20th, 2024.  This spectacular event celebrates the exhibition opening for Revolutionary Times with a talk by artist and Detroit-native Mario Moore. Following the artist talk, guests will enjoy live entertainment, heavy hors d’euvres, and a cash bar.  Revolutionary Times will be on view at the Flint Institute of Arts from January 21 to April 14, 2024 in the Hodge & Henry Galleries.

Theater seating is first come, first served. The presentation begins promptly at 6:00pm. 

Cocktail attire.

Proceeds from the event benefit exhibitions and the expansion of the African American art collection at the FIA. (Tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.)

This year's Community Gala has reached capacity and we will not be selling tickets at the door. If you have any questions, please call 810.234.1695.  Thank you for your understanding.


2008 Something To Look Forward To 

2009 Beyond the Frame: African American Comic Book Artists 

2010 Mary Lee Bendolph: Gee’s Bend Quilts, and Beyond 

2011 Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection 

2012 Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney 

2013 Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace 

2014 Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection 

2015 Common Ground: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art 

2016 From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 

2017 Women of a New Tribe 

2018 Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence 

2019 Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection & Vanessa German: Miracles and Glory Abound 

2020 Community 

2021 Posing Beauty in African American Culture 

2022 Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male 

2023 Ways of Seeing: The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at the University of Alabama

2024 Sponsors





Alvern Lock & Theresa Stephens-Lock


Dr. John & Kia HagensDr. Prasad & Jayashree Kommareddi
Rabinkov Family


Henry & Mary Allen                          Ms. Maria Gonzalez & Mr. Glen AdamsDr. Janice Adams
James & Kathryn BolesCarrie Edwards-ClemonsIn Memory of Joe Green
Gary and Carol HurandLynne HurandJames Kettler
Asha and Madhu KulkarniMichael & Jacqueline James Lewis Dr. Ramotsumi & Velynda Makhene
Richard MumbyDr. & Mrs. Kienan MurphyAnn & Khalil Saab
Skaff Carpet & FurnitureDavid & Edith Withey Scholarship FundUniversity of Michigan - Flint
Yeo & Yeo100K Ideas


A|Squared Legal Group                    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Epsilon Upsilon ChapterThe Anthony & Davida Artis Collection of African American Fine Art
Clara & Joe Blakely
Mr. Willie E. & Dr. Beverly BrownDelta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Flint Alumnae Chapter
Loyst Fletcher, Jr. & AssociatesGenesee Health PlanDavid & Linda Gibson
Jonathan and Tracee GlabMatthew & Lueida GradyGreater Flint Chapter of the Pierians 
Mark & Cheryl GriffinMs. Maggie HartZelton Johnson
Camille Koger-McCree & Kyle McCree Tom & Kay LillieMs. Kathryn Linehan
The Links, Inc. - Flint Area (MI) ChapterWillie & Kimberly Robbins IIIKathryn Moeller
Olmsted Associates, Inc.Mr. Prince GourmetDwight & Lisa Rogers
Alvin & Renee SandersChuck & Kathryn SharbaughShar's Medical Supplies, LLC 
Dr. Sharon A. Simeon & Mr. Marshall H. Sanders, Jr.Omar and Donyale SimsOmega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Smith Fisher Real Estate GroupMrs. Reta StanleyMs. Ernelle Taylor
Woodrow Stanley Youth FoundationThe Walterhouse Faris GroupDr. Jay & Mrs. Janis Werschky
Lisa and Todd WiseleySovita Credit UnionHasselbring Senior
The Cho$en Few
Arts Council