June 13 - 19 

Stop in anytime to view the incredible works of many African American and African Diaspora artists in the main lobby and Contemporary Galleries. Jerry Taliaferro’s Women of a New Tribe photography exhibition is also a must-see featuring prominent women from the Flint Community. A guide highlighting this important art is available at the front desk for self-guided tours.

Late Night at the FIA: Juneteenth Community Social

June 13 | 6p - 8p

We are kicking off our celebration of Black liberation on Thursday, June 13 with a special Juneteenth party! Featuring DJ Alex Kadie, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The galleries, Museum Shop and Palette Cafe will be open all evening long. Pre-registration is required

Juneteenth Celebration

June 15 | 10a - 4p

Join the Flint Institute of Arts Museum + Art School, Flint Institute of Music, Flint Public Library, Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium  for one epic block party as we close down Kearsley Street and open up our lawns for a powerful community event. Come together at 11am for the Freedom March and visit each institution for a different celebratory experience all day long. Activities for all ages, rain or shine! 

Collaborate with the FIA and your fellow community members on an oversized paint by number, create your own chalk art with many emerging Flint artists, and enjoy making a meaningful Kuumba beaded bracelet to take home with you. 

Play games and enjoy a balloon artist and face painting on the lawn of Gloria Coles Flint Public Library to kickstart your summer reading adventure!

Engage with the inspiring author, Leon El-Alamin, author of Tears Dry and Wounds Heal: The Story of My Life. Leon is the founder of the M.A.D.E. Institute, a transformative organization dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated individuals experience renewal. Located in the Gloria Coles Flint Public Library.

Enjoy live music and entertainment on the Longway Planetarium lawn, headlined by Flint’s own Mama Sol and other talented artists including the Eclipse Band, sponsored by Flint Institute of Music, and more! Dancing and celebration is encouraged!

Bounce houses and other fun games and hands-on activities for kids. Browse the vendors and food trucks to discover a taste of Flint’s local food and artisan scene.

Art à la Carte Film - Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

June 19 | 12:15p - 1:30p

In the first part of his four-hour series, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.

Art á la Carte is a series of informative programs focusing on the arts. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch or pick up something from the Palette Cafe.