FIM is proud to offer a variety of in-person and virtual education and engagement activities to students, teachers and community groups. We believe in the power of the performing arts to bring us together as a community, inspire the next generation, and engage us with important issues and each other.
We’re thankful for the generous support of Goyette Mechanical Company, several foundations, private trusts, national granting organizations and our donors, which allows us to offer many of these programs free of charge.
For more information on educational opportunities, please contact:
Manager, Education and Community Engagement
Dr. Kevin Spencer’ Hocus Focus™ Residency is a child-centered, arts-based program that combines education with imagination. It uses magic tricks and an interactive curriculum to open up a world of wonder for special-needs students and improve their cognition, motor skills, communication and social skills. They learn resilience, perseverance, problem solving and critical thinking.
Hocus Focus™ taps into the innate curiosity of students, motivating them to become more engaged in the learning process. Its lessons have been designed, implemented and evaluated by educators, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists across the country. The results are incredible.
The Troubadours became a community engagement initiative of FIM more than 20 years ago to support music and arts education was diminishing in schools. This traveling troupe – made up of a string quartet of FIM Flint Symphony Orchestra members and a storyteller – integrates character education and core curriculum lessons in a fun, music-filled performance.
Beloved by teachers and students alike, this dynamic program gives students an all-too-rare opportunity to experience performances by professional musicians, encouraging them to confidently recognize and pursue creative interests. Each year, children are introduced to a variety of instruments and are invited to take part in a hands-on musical instrument session. Each year, students enjoy a new, thought-provoking story.
For more than 30 years, FIM’s Music Around Town series has ushered in summer for the Flint community. Having evolved to include a greater variety of locations during a year-round schedule, Music Around Town gives everyone in the Greater Flint area an opportunity to experience live performing arts.
Featuring musicians and artists from the FIM Flint Symphony Orchestra, FIM Flint School of Performing Arts and FIM Flint Repertory Theatre, alongside a broad range of local and national performing arts talent, Music Around Town’s diverse performances celebrate the roots of our community’s multicultural heritage.
KidsTix is a new program designed to open the door to the power of live performing arts for everyone through FIM’s exceptional venues, inspirational programs and across its community. KidsTix helps cover the cost of tickets for economically challenged kids who need access to educational programs and performances that offer unique, valuable opportunities to engage with arts and culture.
FIM believes art should be accessible for everyone, regardless of income. We are incredibly thankful to our KidsTix donors. They know that one of the best ways to educate and inspire anyone is to take them to a performance, enroll them in a class or let them experience the arts in a unique way.
The Youth Usher program is a program that offers paid employment, job training and mentorship for Flint and Genesee County High School students. It offers them the opportunity to see and learn about the culture and inner workings of live performance venues.
In addition to working as front-of-house staff at FIM Whiting Auditorium and FIM Capitol Theatre, ushers are paid for their time attending life skills workshops on topics such as customer service and financial literacy, among others.
Further, we are pleased to continue expanding our youth skills programming. In addition to the Youth Usher Corps, this year will see the pilot of our Teen Arts Guild – an innovative career readiness initiative focusing on arts programming development, service and group leadership.
Both opportunities are open to students in Genesee County that are at least 15 years old. Students may participate in these programs until their graduation from high school.
FIM is excited to provide lifelong learning in the areas of music, culture, language and theatre through virtual field trips. Educators can register for musical performances by the Troubadours, documentaries about FIM Flint School of Performing Arts or theatrical productions of timeless stories geared toward budding minds in grades K-6.
Entertainment Express connects Genesee County’s senior population with the performing arts. Each season, FIM Whiting Auditorium tours artists and small productions around Genesee County to visit and perform for our local Senior community.
FIM Flint School of Performing Arts works with educators to build a bridge between the formal classroom experience and live theatre, in order to capitalize on the unique skill-building potential of the arts. Learning Through Theatre brings the excitement of live theatre to the core curriculum, providing teachers and students with the opportunity to explore acting techniques as a way to deepen and enrich literacy and the learning process.