The foundation awarded a grant of $1.55 million to the Flint Cultural Center Corporation that includes support for the Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum, and the Whiting; $1.55 million to the Flint Institute of Arts; and $740,100 to the Flint Institute of Music, which includes the Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint Symphony Orchestra, and Flint Youth Theatre.
The one-year grants will support the institutions' core programming and day-to-day operations, enabling them to offer more free and low-cost activities, host more community events, and expand collaborations with local schools. The latest round of grants brings the foundation's total support for the cultural center since 1928 to $101 million.
"The arts celebrate what it is to be human and create opportunities to connect with people across cultural and geographic boundaries," said Flint Institute of Arts director John B. Henry III. "The cultural center institutions are committed to engaging children in the arts as a means of helping them grow as individuals, develop the skills needed to succeed in the world, and recognize the many opportunities life has to offer."