By Kathryn K. Sharbaugh, Director of Development, Flint Institute of Arts
Founded in Michigan in 1928, the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) proudly holds the rank of the second largest art museum in the state and runs one of the largest museum art schools in the entire nation. Demonstrating the power of the visual arts, the FIA provides lifelong learning opportunities to engage and educate an ever-growing diverse and regional audience.
Dedicated to making art available, approachable, and accessible to everyone, we offer a broad range of interpretive programs that allow people to access information on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions that reach more than 160,000 people each year. This includes guided tours, lectures and community dialogues, art classes, workshops, and studio demonstrations. Also, every weekend from September through June, we screen independent films presented by the Friends of Modern art whose selections are tailored to reach all audiences.
For well over a decade, the FIA has participated in supporting Michigan Radio. Through sponsorship, Michigan Radio has generously shared its vast audience of dedicated listeners with us.
“Over the past several years, the staff has worked hard to reshape the FIA’s role in the community and the success we’ve experienced would not have been possible without our ongoing relationship with Michigan Radio and its listeners,” expressed John B. Henry, Executive Director of the FIA.
The station of choice of many patrons and an effective component to our advocacy, Michigan Radio helps the FIA to fulfill our mission statement: to advance the understanding and appreciation of art for all through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.