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Communities First, Inc. to screen Black Art: In the Absence of Light

Presented by Communities First Inc and Flint Institute of Arts at Flint Institute of Arts, Flint MI

Feb 10 - 13 2022
Communities First, Inc. to screen Black Art: In the Absence of Light

The African American Film Series is a part of our Culture Shock Program. Culture Shock, as its name suggests, provides cultural experiences that provoke, surprise, and stimulate. By altering and enhancing perceptions of arts and culture

Communities First, Inc. (CFI) is excited about this year’s African American Film Series and their partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA).  This year’s series is now halfway completed with the first two installments, being offered in the traditional in-person format of in-person dinner and a movie at the FIA, with an insightful panel discussion offered virtually the following Saturday via social media.   

Due to the unpredictable nature of the current global pandemic, CFI

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This is a free movie, registration is required.  You can register at, donations are accepted through the registration link.  A party pack will be offered to all Flint-area registered guests and will be available for local pick up beginning on Tuesday, January 11 through January 15 at the CFI Office located at 415 W. Court Street, Flint, MI 48503.  You will receive additional information about picking up your party pack once your registration is complete. 


  • Feb 10, 2022 at 12:00 am - 11:55 pm (Thu)
  • Feb 10, 2022 at 05:30 pm - 09:30 pm (Thu)
  • Feb 11, 2022 at 12:00 am - 11:55 pm (Fri)
  • Feb 12, 2022 at 12:00 am - 11:55 pm (Sat)
  • Feb 13, 2022 at 12:00 am - 11:55 pm (Sun)

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Film Screening – Thursday, February 10, 2022 Black Art: In the Absence of Light

Inspired by the late David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” the documentary Black Art: In the Absence of Light offers an Illuminating introduction of the work of some of the foremost Black visual artist working today.

Directed by Sam Pollard the film shines a light on the extraordinary impacts of Driskell’s exhibit on generations of Black artist who have staked a claim on their rightful place within the 21st-Century art world.  Interweaving insights and context from scholars and historians, along with interviews from a new generation of working African American curators and artist including Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald and Carrie Mae Weems, the documentary is a look at the Contributions of Black American artist in today’s contemporary art world.

Panel Discussion – February 12 at 2:00 PM on Communities First, Inc. Facebook page and YouTube Channel

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.



Flint Institute of Arts

1120 E. Kearsley, Flint, MI 48503

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Free parking is available on both the North and South entrances of the building. Overflow parking is available using Flint Central High School’s parking lot, adjacent to the South end of the FIA. Click here for directions.


    • Assisted Listening System
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The entire Institute is wheelchair accessible through both North and South entrances, and an elevator is located near the first floor restrooms. Wheelchairs are available to use free of

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