Flint Cultural Center
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The campus of the Flint Cultural Center
The Flint Cultural Center (FCC) is a campus of institutes located in Flint, Michigan. It is dedicated to promoting area residents with an array of cultural, scientific, and artistic experiences and promotes understanding of the diverse cultures reflected in the Greater Flint community.
The institutions located on the grounds of the FCC are the Sloan Museum, Buick Gallery & Research Center, Flint Institute of Arts, Robert T. Longway Planetarium, The Whiting, Flint Youth Theatre, and the Flint Institute of Music.
Flint Cultural Center Corporation
The FCC is managed by the Flint Cultural Center Corporation, a non-profit organization established in 1992. The FCCC's mission is to "foster cultural activity and community vitality through history, science and the arts," with a vision to position the Flint Cultural Center as a "premier regional destination, educational resource, and entertainment venue."
The FCCC is responsible for the management and maintenance of the buildings and grounds of the cultural center campus, except for the Sarvis Conference Center and the Flint Public Library. At the same time, the FCCC has "entered into sub-lease agreements with the independent Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) and Flint Institute of Music (FIM), which allows each institution to manage and maintain its building." The FIA and FIM also pay a pro rata share of the general grounds keeping costs. The FCCC manages and maintains the remaining buildings and all campus common areas and fixtures, including parking lots, lawns, sidewalks, signs, lighting fixtures, seasonal décor, gardens, and interior roadways.
The FCCC is responsible for all aspects of governance and operation of Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum, and The Whiting. The FCCC also maintains a central administrative staff to provide additional leadership, support services, and other resources.
In September 2013, the FCCC purchased the Sarvis Center from the Flint Community Schools for $150,000 despite some community opposition thinking that the price was too low and there was no other bidders despite the Schools posted after receiving the FCCC bid and only got 1 lower bid.
In 2016 a Democratic Party presidential debate was held in the center.
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