Grand Opening Community Weekend

Date(s) - 04/21/2018
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Flint Institute of Arts


Join FIA staff and faculty, as well as state and local dignitaries, on Saturday, April 21 at 10:30a in the FIA Theater for the ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the museum’s new Contemporary Craft Wing and Art School Hot Shop. The ribbon cutting kicks off the FIA’s Community Weekend, which features tours of the new wing, live artist demonstrations in the state-of-the-art Hot Shop, lectures, and multiple exhibition openings.

The Community Weekend, Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, is free for all visitors.

For more information, please call 810.234.1695 or visit

Major funding for the construction of the Contemporary Craft Wing and Art School Hot Shop was provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

During Community Weekend, admission is free thanks to Huntington Bank and Hot Shop demonstrations are free thanks to McLaren Health Care.

Community Weekend Schedule
Saturday, April 21
• 10:00a–9:00p
Art Galleries Open
Docent tours until 5:00p
• 10:30a–11:00a – FIA Theater & Hot Shop
Ribbon Cutting
Remarks and multi-faith blessing
• 12:00p–4:00p – Art School Studios
Art School Open House
Select studios open with faculty demonstrations
• 11:00a–9:00p
Hot Shop
Glassblowing demonstrations on the hour
• 1:00p–2:15p – FIA Theater
Lectures: Intro to the Glass Glass Collection
Tradition, Innovation and Meaning: Reflections on the FIA’s Exciting New Glass Collection and A Conversation about the Glass Glass Collection
• 2:30p–3:00p – Lobby
Glass Glass Collection Book Signing
With Authors Ferd Hampson and Patricia Watkinson
• 4:00p–4:45p – FIA Theater
Lecture: Intro to Photorealism Exhibition
Circa 1870: “Hey, there are cameras here!”
• 5:00p–5:15p – Lobby
Photorealism Book Signing
With collector and dealer Louis K. Meisel
• 6:00p – FIA Theater
Glass Film
Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire

Sunday, April 22
• 12:00p–5:00p
Art Galleries open & Hot Shop demonstrations on the hour

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