Because of the hard work and generosity of four Grand Blanc High School students, color deficient visitors to the Flint Institute of Arts now can see the museum’s world-class collection without the barriers their condition presents. 

As part of their LEAD class, seniors Alexander Hargraves, Maliah Linn, Katelyn Stuck, and Breeann Zarzycki chose to shape change in their community by addressing the challenges of color deficiency. Sometimes referred to as color blindness, color deficiency impacts over 300 million people worldwide, with the most prevalent type being red-green color deficiency. Roughly 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women are affected by some degree of color deficiency. Those with the condition often have issues with describing or naming colors and tend not to see the definition between objects, as they don’t see the variance created by shades or highlights. Visual art is a challenge for these individuals. The students, along with Grand Blanc Community Schools Superintendent Clarence Garner, who is red-green-color deficient, promoted their project, as well as the availability of the glasses at the FIA, in local media.  

Three pairs of glasses, two purchased by the students through fundraising and one purchased by the museum, are available free of charge to FIA visitors. The students presented the museum with a check collected from additional funds raised, which FIA Executive Director John Henry said would be used to both promote the glasses and purchase additional pairs. Henry noted that the glasses would benefit not only art museum visitors, but those who visited other types of cultural destinations as well. “The marriage of cutting edge technology to our superlative collection of art and objects is a gift we can now share – and, through these glasses, perhaps change lives.”

Visitor Services

Our knowledgeable Visitor Services team is eager to greet you when you enter the Lobby of the Flint Institute of Arts. They are waiting to direct you in beginning your self-guided tour throughout the galleries, with audio guides and a detailed floor plan of the grounds. They are able to answer any questions about the museum, or assist you with any of your concerns.


Conduct

Gum, food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries. Visitors are asked not to touch any of the artwork in the FIA. Works of art are very fragile, even those made of stone and metal. Salts and oil residues from visitors' hands destroy the surfaces of works of art over time. It is our responsibility to preserve and protect the works of art in our public trust for future generations.


Photography

Photography for personal use is permitted in permanent collection galleries, except where “No Photography” is noted on an object’s label with the symbol above. Photography in temporary exhibition galleries is not permitted. Photographs may not be published, distributed or sold for commercial purposes. Flash photography, tripods, and selfie-sticks are not permitted in the museum. 


Coat Check

Free coat check service is offered to visitors at the Visitor Service desk at the North entrance of the building. Large purses, bags, backpacks, packages, umbrellas must be checked. Lockers are available free of charge for such items. Strollers may also be checked.


Parking

Free parking is available on both the North and South entrances of the building. Overflow parking is available using Flint Central High School's parking lot, adjacent to the South end of the FIA. Click here for directions.


Restrooms

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available in the lobby, in the Art School and on the second floor.


Wheelchairs

The entire Institute is wheelchair accessible through both North and South entrances, and an elevator is located near the first floor restrooms. Wheelchairs are available to use free of charge on a first come first served basis at the Visitor Service desk at the North entrance of the building. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available in the lobby, in the Art School and on the second floor.


Assistance

Companions or caregivers of persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge to the museum. The FIA's Visitor Service team is prepared to give assistance to those in need.


Service and Emotional Support Animals

Service Animals 

The FIA complies with all ADA requirements and accepts service animals in the museum as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2010. 

Types of Service Dogs may include, but are not limited to: Guide Dog, Mobility Aid Dog, Seizure Alert Dog, PTSD Dog, Hearing Alert Dog, Diabetes Alert Dog, Migraine Alert Dog, Narcolepsy Alert Dog, Seizure Response Dog, Psychiatric Service Dog.

Emotional Support Animals 

The FIA does not allow Emotional Support Animals (ESA) on site. Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, are not considered service animals under the ADA. 

Types of Emotional Support Animals may include, but are not limited to: companionship animals; animals to relieve loneliness; animals to help with depression; animals to help with anxiety; animals to help with certain phobias.


Listening Devices 

Listening devices are available for use with Audio Guides.


Visiting Flint

Once again, the City of Flint is becoming a bustling hub of activity. New restaurants, bars, art studios, lofts, attractions, specialty shops, and façades are transforming the streets to reflect a time of change. Stop into one of these local businesses during your stay here at the Flint Institute of Arts and experience some great food, art, and shopping!

Parking is available on the street or in secured paid parking lots/ramps. 

Flint Cultural Center

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Flint Institute of Music 
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Sloan Museum
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