Closing Bell: From Brooklyn to Flint, Mich., and Back

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    Hate to see gentrification in Brooklyn? Well, Flint, Mich., could use a little of it. That’s the idea behind the Flint Public Art Project, which Greenpoint resident and Flint native Stephen Zacks has started. They’re putting on a summer performance series in a pair of abandoned grain silos, outfitting a former school bus to serve as mobile restaurant and classroom, and turning a former Chevrolet manufacturing site into an immersive environment filled with work by emerging contemporary artists and designers both local and international, among other projects. Many of the artists live in New York, and tonight in Downtown Brooklyn there will be a party and fundraiser, called Free Cities, for the Flint Public Art Project at the Metropolitan Exchange at 33 Flatbush Avenue, 5th Floor, from 8 to 10 pm. “This party is in support of a broader effort to redistribute cultural capital, deconcentrate it, and to prove it really is useful and can produce something economically beneficial outside of the bubble of New York,” said Zacks. At the party will be food, drink, and a silent auction of art from New York- and Flint-based artists and makers as well as virtual video tours of Flint.

     

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