Vehicle City Fashion Week prepares designers for the stage beyond the runway

Vehicle City Fashion Week prepares designers for the stage beyond the runway

In Kala Wilburn’s world fashion isn’t just about flowing garments and colorful fabrics. The intricate industry behind memorable runway show highlights and glamorous galas is at the heart of Wilburn’s ongoing efforts and professional advocacy. As a major goal of next month’s annual Vehicle City Fashion Week, she’ll feature designers with whom she can collaborate, […]

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for celebration and education

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for celebration and education

Hispanic citizens represent less than 10 percent of Flint’s population, but their culture represents a lot more. Throughout the city and Genesee County, food, art, religion and education is represented in the contributions of families, business owners, activists and other community leaders of Latino backgrounds. Flint residents and others throughout the country have celebrated the […]

FIA free College Town program brings students into a new classroom

FIA free College Town program brings students into a new classroom

If the world is a campus for learning the Flint Institute of Arts could be viewed as a classroom. Students are invited to enjoy the museum’s American, European and pre-history art galleries, as well as its Hot Shop, which hosts live glass demonstrations every Saturday, and more. Geared toward local scholars, the FIA’s College Town cost-free membership includes free […]

Flint’s nightlife and cultural attractions draw growing crowds

Flint’s nightlife and cultural attractions draw growing crowds

Flint’s got plenty of things to do after dark. Its downtown entertainment district makes it easy for visitors to traverse its eclectic mix of live music venues, sports bars, craft brew and bourbon bars, theatres and more. Catch a show at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre, which is among the many Michigan Economic Development Corp.-supported […]

Millennials say jobs, affordable housing, entrepreneurial funding needed to keep them in Flint

Millennials say jobs, affordable housing, entrepreneurial funding needed to keep them in Flint

Young people would like to stay in Flint, and the community sure needs them to take an active role in the city’s resurgence. There are obstacles and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver wants to help the millennials overcome them. She hopes the young, ambitious demographic targeted in her Millennial Day forums will help city stakeholders better understand […]

RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit will launch dialogue examining an issue critical to Flint’s future

RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit will launch dialogue examining an issue critical to Flint’s future

Devin Bathish encounters the same daily challenges as most Flint residents, but not many of his neighbors experience the same challenges he does. As one in a small percentage of local Arab American citizens, he often faces cultural and racial barriers that can impact virtually every aspect of life. What’s even more problematic for Bathish […]

Council’s work supports citizens of Arab descent

Council’s work supports citizens of Arab descent

Growing up Arab American in Genesee County, Devin Bathish often heard racist comments, but some were especially rude. “They’d ask, ‘Are you a terrorist?’ or they would call you a terrorist,” he remembers. Whenever spoken the comments were offensive, but in the wake of the September 2001 attacks that shook the country, statements made out […]