In 2019, Flint Public Art Project (FPAP) started phase one of their plan to paint 100 new murals in Greater Flint by the end of summer 2020. The project was successful beyond imagination, exceeding the goal and bringing Flint positive news coverage and notoriety. For the project, FPAP welcomed artists from all over the world to the city and reinforced Flint’s reputation as a haven for artists looking to make an impact.
The project is once again in full swing, with established artists returning to add new murals and new ones looking to display their talent. To date, more than 150 murals have been completed throughout the Flint area. “The project is part of our campaign to change the image of Flint to a city of creative hope,” said FPAP Director Joe Schipani in an interview with My City at the start of the project. “We hope to shift the narrative around Flint away from the water crisis and transform our city into an international leader in the public arts.”
To shine an even brighter light on the murals, FPAP has partnered with Kady Yellow and the What’s Up Downtown Project to offer mural tours, and with the Flint Repertory Theatre to present “Flint Mural Plays,” performed both live and through 25 micro audio plays written by some of the best playwrights in the country. Each play corresponds with a mural. “The Flint Mural Project represents rebirth, happiness and healing,” added Schipani. “FPAP is committed to diversifying the urban landscape and highlighting the unique voices of our community.”
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Take a look at some of the newest murals!
Photos provided by Flint Public Art Project