Arts & Culture in Genesee County

Public, private and internal surveys show Genesee County has a vibrant yet untapped and somewhat unknown arts and culture scene, not only downtown but in many areas around the county.

For a community of our size, we’re fortunate to have what we do, whether downtown or in a neighboring township, village or city. Communities that support arts and culture are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.

Where Arts Happen in Genesee County

Arts and Culture are Economic Drivers

A 2018 study by Americans for the Arts showed that well more than $33.7 million in economic impact came from organizations making up the Flint Cultural Center Campus. Economic impact is defined as full-time equivalent jobs, resident household income, and local and state government revenues.

Campus organizations include the Buick Gallery & Research Center, Robert T. Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum, The Whiting, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Flint Institute of Music (including Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint Symphony Orchestra and Flint Youth Theatre), Flint Cultural Center Academy and the Flint Public Library.

Event-related spending by patrons of Flint Cultural Center organizations totaled $7.7 million during fiscal year 2018.

FCC is managed by the Flint Cultural Center Corporation. FCCC’s foundation is the fiduciary for the Genesee Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage. The library, academy and Buick Gallery & Research Center do not receive millage dollars, however, they are still connected to beneficiary organizations through mutual visitors, students, employees, donors and volunteers.

Non-campus beneficiaries include Berston Field House, the New McCree Theatre and the Greater Flint Arts Council. Their economic impact is also significant. Additionally, they help make up the more then 360 arts and culture-related organizations in Genesee County which employ nearly 2,000 people.

Calendars of Events

There are many ways to find out what’s going on around the county. Check out one of these calendars:

To submit an event to one of these calendars, please contact the sponsoring organization directly.