Spring in Flint: Water service line replacement resumes under $5 million AECOM contract
Apr23

Spring in Flint: Water service line replacement resumes under $5 million AECOM contract

       By Jan Worth-Nelson With the return of spring weather, work has resumed on replacing lead-tainted water lines in the city. As of April 18, the date of work resumption, 6,264 lines had been replaced, according to Kristin Moore, City of Flint communications and public information director. Existing city records indicate about 12,000 more Flint homes have lead or galvanized service lines due for replacement. Contractors began on...

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FIA Contemporary Crafts Wing opens with blitz of thanks, hopes for a “world saved by beauty”
Apr22

FIA Contemporary Crafts Wing opens with blitz of thanks, hopes for a “world saved by beauty”

By Jan Worth-Nelson What does art—and a major investment in making, acquiring and exhibiting it–mean to the City of Flint? Organizers of the weekend celebration and ribbon cutting for the opening of the 20,000-square-foot, $14 million Contemporary Crafts Wing and three new studios at the Flint Institute of Arts assembled a range of local luminaries, clerics, and politicians to offer answers. Their responses to the rhetorical...

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“Thrill-seeker’s” theater of glass, heat and light opens for FIA “Hot Shop” crowds
Apr21

“Thrill-seeker’s” theater of glass, heat and light opens for FIA “Hot Shop” crowds

By Jan Worth-Nelson Brent Swanson, the Flint Institute of Arts glass programs manager, says he is a “thrill seeker,” and that’s why he makes glass art.  It’s fast, it’s risky, and it’s hot. And that’s what visitors settling into to their stadium seats at the new FIA glass art “hot shop” demonstration arena starting every Saturday afternoon now that the stunning new additions to the museum are open will get to see:  a unique and...

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Arts in Detention: program unlocks creativity from the inside for GVRC youth
Apr18

Arts in Detention: program unlocks creativity from the inside for GVRC youth

By Teddy Robertson It’s a drizzly April night for Art Walk, but I’m out for just one stop: Buckham Gallery and the opening of the annual “Arts in Detention: GVRC Share Art Exhibit.” “Arts in Detention” presents the work of kids ages 10 to 17 living in the Genesee Valley Regional Detention Center (GVRC), on Pasadena Avenue in Flint.  A short-term residential facility (capacity 60), GVRC currently houses 45 to 50 young people; their...

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Review:  John P. Kee’s “Change the World Tour” wows at Harris Memorial
Apr16

Review: John P. Kee’s “Change the World Tour” wows at Harris Memorial

By Patsy Isenberg Last Friday, April 13, Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and pastor John P. Kee and his New Life Community Choir paid a visit to a packed Burton church to perform for the congregation and many visitors. Adding to the lively music, the event also brought in donations for a new boiler for Doyle Ryder Elementary School and a truckload of water for the city. Key, 56, a Durham, N.C. native, sang lots of gospel and...

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“Digital ghetto,”  “cashless society” pose threats even beyond Orwell, journalist contends
Apr15

“Digital ghetto,” “cashless society” pose threats even beyond Orwell, journalist contends

By Jan Worth-Nelson One of the biggest threats facing the U.S. today is the “algorithm ghetto, the digital ghetto, the electronic ghetto,”  Chicago journalist and Jewish historian Edwin Black told a group of Flint residents Friday while on a statewide tour as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 12. Alluding to recent studies suggesting that memories of the Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews during World War II...

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