It Takes a Village

The Flint Cultural Center campus provides area residents with an array of cultural, scientific and artistic experiences, and promotes understanding of the diverse cultures reflected in the Greater Flint community. The Flint Cultural Center is a major educational resource, and a welcoming and inclusive community center.

The Flint Cultural Center Academy will feature a school day which includes both excellent curriculum and classroom instruction and an average of 90 minutes (per day) of instruction delivered by expert educators at the various campus institutions.

The Flint Cultural Center Corporation is committed to ensuring that the Flint Cultural Center remains a vibrant and comfortable gathering place for residents and visitors. It cares for the Flint Cultural Center campus grounds and buildings, coordinates campus-wide programs and events, and directly supports three organizations: Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum and The Whiting. Learn more at fcccorp.org.

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Young girl learning about ceramics at the Flint Institute of Arts
Flint Institute of Arts

The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) is Michigan’s second largest art museum and one of the largest museum art schools in the nation. The FIA’s mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of art for all through collections, exhibitions and educational programs. The Flint Institute of Arts will emphasize creating, presenting, responding and connecting with the visual arts for Flint Cultural Center Academy students. Learn more about the Flint Institute of Arts at flintarts.org.

Young boy playing guitar at the Flint Institute of Music
Flint Institute of Music

The Flint Institute of Music (FIM) is proud to be one of the largest arts and educational organizations in Michigan. With programs that include the Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint Symphony Orchestra and the Flint Repertory Theatre, the FIM enlightens, educates and entertains over 300,000 people each year. The Flint Institute of Music will provide Flint Cultural Center Academy students with a music program that will offer three periods of instruction per week for every student and will prepare students to form an orchestra by fourth grade. Learn more about the Flint Institute of Music at thefim.org.

Young Girl reading at the Flint Public Library
Flint Public Library

The Flint Public Library has served the community since 1851. Its vision is to be Flint’s go-to place to learn for life, with special emphasis on early childhood literacy, digital learning and serving as a community hub for dialogue, education and resources. The Flint Public Library will teach both print and digital literacy on a weekly basis to Flint Cultural Center students. Learn more about the Flint Public Library at fpl.info.

Children performing at the Flint Repertory Theatre
Flint Repertory Theatre

In 2018, the Flint Youth Theatre expanded the depth and breadth of its programming to become the Flint Repertory Theatre — ­ a professional, not-for-profit regional theatre in the heart of Flint. The Rep’s new commitment is to provide audiences with highly imaginative, thought-provoking theatre that is challenging, entertaining and inspiring for all ages. The Flint Repertory Theatre will provide Flint Cultural Center Academy students with engaging seasonal and topical learning experiences. Learn more about the Flint Repertory Theatre at flintrep.org.

Young girl using microscope
Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium

Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium inspire youth, families and patrons to discover, explore and value science, technology and history through engaging learning experiences. Longway Planetarium is Michigan’s largest planetarium, offering science and astronomy shows every day of the week. Sloan Museum preserves the history of Flint and Genesee County, chronicled through over 600 artifacts on display, and presents traveling science and history exhibitions.  Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium will connect Flint Cultural Center Academy students with at least one hands-on social studies and one science lesson per week. Learn more about the Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium at sloanlongway.org.

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The Whiting

The Whiting provides facilities, programs and services to promote and support the presentation of the best local, regional, national and international performing artists. Each year, The Whiting presents music, comedy, theater, dance and much more. The Whiting also is the performance home of the Flint Symphony Orchestra. The Whiting will present Flint Cultural Center Academy students with holistic experiences that will include preparing them for a performance, experiencing shows, and follow-up learning with performing artists. Learn more about The Whiting at thewhiting.com.

Children planting at Applewood Estate
Applewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate

Charles Stewart Mott built Applewood in 1916 as a family home and gentleman’s farm. Today, the Ruth Mott Foundation owns and operates it as a community resource open to all from May through October. In addition to an elegant home with an attached greenhouse, the 34-acre estate includes an apple orchard with 29 heirloom varieties, extensive gardens, a gatehouse, barn, and chicken coop. Applewood Estate is a Michigan Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Applewood Estate will provide Flint Cultural Center Academy students with opportunities to extend learning in social studies, as well as season by season experiences in horticulture, floriculture and ecology. Learn more about Applewood Estate at ruthmottfoundation.org.