This weekend after the Second Friday Artwalk, Genesee County residents can enjoy a free film outside in downtown Flint. On Friday, Aug. 8, Communities First Inc. will host "Culture Shock: Movie Under The Stars" in the park behind Flint's City Hall, located at 1101 S. Saginaw St., Flint. At 9 p.m., attendees can go to City Hall and watch the animated film "Rio" on a 20-foot-high screen.
Snacks will be available as well, but in limited quantities, so people are encouraged to arrive early. The film screening is part of the "Culture Shock" program by Communities First Inc., a Flint-based nonprofit community development corporation that focuses on affordable housing, economic development, green programs and quality of life programs. "Culture Shock" aims to broaden residents' tastes and deepen their understanding of arts and culture.
In July, the program presented a classical performance by a trio of Flint Symphony string musicians at the MTA terminal on Harrison Street in downtown Flint during the lunch hour. Before that, it took families from the Flint Housing Commission to the Flint institute of Arts for an art activity and a tour of the museum and gallery.
Each of the programs, including Friday's film, are free of charge.
"By offering this activity free of charge, CFI removes a barrier many families and individuals face when looking for entertainment options," said Glenn Wilson, president and CEO of Communities First Inc.