The foundation awarded one-year general operating grants of $1.35 million, $1.63 million, and $650,000, respectively, to the Flint Cultural Center Corporation, the Flint Institute of Arts, and the Flint Institute of Music. Established in the early 1950s as one of the country's first cultural districts, the 33-acre center also includes Longway Planetarium, the Sloan Museum, and The Whiting theatre.
In addition to supporting core programming and day-to-day operations, the grants will enable the institutions to continue to offer arts and music programming to K-8 and high school students. For example, the Sloan Museum is developing outreach programs on the history and culture of Michigan and Genesee County that align with the state's third-grade achievement benchmarks for social studies.
"It is difficult to imagine what Flint would be like without the cultural center and its anchor institutions," said Mott Foundation president William S. White. "In addition to serving as an important social and artistic resource for Flint and mid-Michigan residents — and increasingly, for students of all ages — the FCCC, the FIA, and FIM also serve as key economic and educational assets that should bolster area-wide efforts to rebuild a stronger, more vibrant community."