GFAC Grant of $27,000 awarded to Flint Children’s Museum

FLINT — A grant of $27,000 has been awarded to the Flint Children’s Museum from the Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC).

This grant will be dedicated to supporting free weekly programming activities throughout the year as well as three free days at the Flint Children’s Museum for the local and surrounding communities to enjoy.

Painting with ice and melting slime snowmen are just two examples of many programming activities offered at the Flint Children’s Museum’s Investigation Station. Two months, February and March, are dedicated to engineering, with a new engineering challenge each week. These activities include building ramps to learn about inclines or crafting a number of contraptions from building a chair for a bear to a squirrel-proof bird feeder. This programming, and many others, have an active focus on STEM related skills and also incite creativity and sense of accomplishment for children when the task is done. The GFAC grant will greatly support these changing daily activities, allowing them to be a free addition to the regular admission of $6 for every patron of the museum.

Additionally, the grant will provide three admission-free days with special activities and unlimited play. The first will be on June 13, in honor of National Child’s Day, a day to commemorate child welfare throughout the world, the Flint Children’s Museum will be working in conjunction with University of Michigan, Mott Community College and the International Center of Greater Flint to provide materials for children to make their own international game while GFAC’s generosity has allowed for this special event to be free all day.

The other two free days will be during the second Friday Pre-Artwalk event, Oct. 9 and Dec. 11. The Flint Children’s Museum will be celebrating art and family with a craft activity for families to make-andtake and free admission to the museum for unlimited play is offered both days.

This grant is through Greater Flint Arts Council’s Share Arts Genesee Grant Program made possible by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage funds.

A calendar of events and programming is updated regularly on the Flint Children’s Museum’s website and any questions regarding weekly activities can be directed to or by calling 810-767- KIDS (5437). — G.G.