The MWC is a privately owned, publicly shared collection of art from the second half of the 20th century. The majority of the works are by African American artists supplemented by works from artists of the African dispora or which reflect upon it. They include both two and three dimensional works, sculpture, photographs, videos and mixed media.
The collection was initiated in reaction to the loss of arts in the schools and the limitations common in many mainstream arts institutions (whether by capacity, interest or ability) to collect and present art by and about African Americans and to reach out beyond their physical walls to new audiences. These circumstances served to underline the urgency of finding new ways to bring art to citizens of all ages first in Flint, Michigan but also beyond it.
Together this couple, Maryanne Mott and Herman Warsh, chose to address the situation beginning in late 2001 by designating Flint as the home of a collection that would bring highly important but seldom seen works to the broader community, embedding it both in and beyond the institutions of the Flint Cultural Center. Stop by the Flint Institute of Music to see the rotating exhibits. Go to the Mott Warsh Collection to visit locations and exhibits in the Flint Area.
One of the FIM's most majestic instruments is the Flint Theatre Organ, housed in the MacArthur Recital Hall. The organ came from the Capitol Theatre in downtown Flint where it provided music for silent movies in the 1920s and early '30s.
Today, the Flint Theatre Organ Club keeps the grandeur of that bygone era alive by performing on and maintaining this musical gem. The Organ Club holds regular Spring Concerts. Visit FTOC.org for upcoming concert dates and times.
If you are interested in joining the Flint Theatre Organ Club, contact Dr. Quincy O. Dobbs at 810.252.1255 or visit their website at https://www.ftoc.org/.
Since 2001 this week long tap dance festival has been the place for students and tap lovers to learn solid tap dance technique, explore the historical roots of this American art form and show appreciation for those who forged the trail, while creating programs to help youth develop confidence, work ethic and talent!
Get more information about tapology and their projects at http://www.tapology.org/ or call 810 787-0197.
Allegro volunteers are everywhere it seems-from cheerfully providing hungry FSO musicians with food at Friday evening rehearsals to helping with FIM mailings to organizing receptions for a variety of FSPA performances and working with Flint Youth Theatre. For more than 50 years, this volunteer group has provided much behind-the-scenes support for the FIM.
Allegro has a number of festive events and fundraisers for its members, including card parties, luncheons and dinners. The highlight of each year is the Pink Geranium Luncheon and Style Show held in November. New members are always welcome.
For more information, contact Eileen Lawson at 810.694.5982
Founded in 1890, The St. Cecilia Society is the oldest FIM supporting organization. It regularly raises scholarship funds and many of its programs provide support to young people studying music, in particular, Junior St. Cecilia and Student Musicale. St. Cecilia also holds monthly performances followed by receptions.
Its premier project is the annual William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition, which attracts talented young musicians from around the world. It rotates among voice, piano, strings and winds/brass. For information about the Byrd Competition, call Carol Hinterman at 810.964.9399 or visit byrdartists.com.
Upcoming Byrd Dates
March 4, 2023 - Piano
March 2, 2024 – Strings
For more information about St. Cecilia Society of Flint, Michigan, contact Kim Streby, President at 248.249.6000 or visit www.stceciliaflint.org