1.25.20  •  6:00p–9:00p 

The 13th Annual Community Gala is a diversity initiative presented in conjunction with the exhibition opening of Community and a celebration of Black History Month. The evening includes a lecture by Dr. Kelli Morgan, followed by the opening, a strolling dinner, live entertainment, and a cash bar. Tickets available at flintarts.org or call 810.234.1695.

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A Manner of Space: Black Modality in African American Art


FIA Theater

Kelli Morgan

Dr. Kelli Morgan

Associate Curator of American Art , Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

As early as the 18th century, the recognition of Black humanity has been a central tenet of African American art. Whether it’s Phillis Wheatley, Toni Morrison, Romare Bearden, or Kara Walker, Black artists have fused a multitude of creative elements to affirm the meaning of Black lives in a world that is both hostile toward and indifferent to the lived realities of Black people. Highlighting works from the FIA’s permanent collection, Dr. Kelli Morgan discusses the various ways African Americans have strategically utilized place, space, and their communities in efforts to humanize their experiences.


1.26.20  •  1:30p

Isabel Hall

Semaj Brown

Semaj Brown

Author, dramatist, playwright, and educator

Semaj Brown, Flint’s First Poet Laureate, reads poetry inspired by art in the Community exhibition, and performs works from her new book, Bleeding Fire! Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light.

Performance sponsored by

MTA – Mass Transportation Authority

Saturday, January 25, 2020 • 6p–9p

Cocktail attire. Doors open at 5:45p, lecture begins promptly at 6:00p.
ReservationsIn AdvanceAt the Door
FIA Members$40$55

Proceeds benefit FIA programs and exhibitions.

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


Mustafa Alnounou, M.D., FACG, FACP

Applebee's – Miller Rd.

C & S Motors, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Joe HamoMott Community College
Ace Saginaw Paving Co.
Hamilton Community Health Network
Kettering University
Cracker Barrel
The Serra Foundation – Al Serra Auto PlazaJames & Kathryn C. Boles
Communities First, Inc.
Edward Jones - Eric Gasper
Elga Credit Union

HAP – Health Alliance Plan

McLaren Health Care

Dr. Rama & Dr. Venkat Rao
Mr. Milton & Dr. Brenda Rogers-Grays
Alvern & Theresa Stephens-Lock
Mr. Leon & Mrs. Pat Adams 
Archaea Rajan, DDS & Symantec Ram Advanced Physical Therapy Center 
Mrs. Edmund B. Brownell Dental Care Team, Dr. & Mrs. Jarjoura 
The Friends of Berston Field House
The Flint Area (MI) Chapter of the Links Incorporated Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church
The Greater Flint Chapter of the Pierians, Inc. 
Louis Hawkins 
Dr. & Mrs. John Hebert Hurley Medical Center
Kathryn KoegelDr. Ramotsumi & Velynda Makhene 
Drs. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala 
Dr. Tolutopu Oyasiji 
Eric S. Peterson & Associates Mortgage Lenders, LLCPlante Moran
Ann & Khalil Saab Dr. Robert & Mayor Susan Soderstrom 
Mr. Woodrow & Mrs. Reta Stanley 
Team One Credit Union
University of Michigan - Flint Valley Area Agency on Aging 
Maggie Hart 
Gary & Carol Hurand Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Walterhouse 
Shelley Spivack & Linda Pylypiw Mr. Roland & Mrs. Cynthia Morsee Jamile T. Lawand 
Patrick and Gloria Tyus The Williams Firm, P.C.  Town Center Family Dental
Todd & Lisa Wiseley Dr. Gary & Mrs. Donna Johnson Sean & Eureka McCormick 
Lynne Hurand Dr. & Mrs. Jay Werschky Mrs. Celestia Bell 
Henry & Mary Allen Alpha Kappa Alpha Zeta Beta Omega Floyd & Brenda Clack
Mr. Craig & Mrs. Lenetta Coney Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. John & Cathy Fredericks
Dr. Raymond F. Gist, D.D.S. HI-TECH Protection (Timothy & Melinda Johnson)  Mr. Leo & Mrs. Debra Jennings 
Jermarx & Tabitha Marsh Mr. & Mrs. Greg Johnson Mrs. Nina Jones-Lewis 
Mr. & Mrs. Tyrone Jordan Craig & Sandra Kelley (Prestige Promotions, LLC) Reverend John & Mrs. Clydell McKenney 
Thomas J. Mitchell Dr. & Mrs. Kienan F. Murphy Oak Street Health 
Olmsted Associates, Inc. Mrs. Tiffany Pritchett Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Reynolds 
Mr. & Mrs. Dwight & Lisa Rogers Dr. Daniel J. & Mrs. Mary C. Ryan Mr. Boaz & Mrs. Cleorah Scruggs-Debose 
Chuck & Kathryn Sharbaugh The Cho$en Few Corporation Mr. Randy & Mrs. Judy Thornton 
Terry Turner Hurley Foundation Polly Shepard
WCMU Public Radio
My City Magazine