It’s not the cultural backwater Detroit pretends it is
All your Detroit culture chauvinists who sneer at Flint need to check yourselves, because once upon a time -- and that time was barely a decade ago -- people all across the country felt the same about Detroit. "It's a dying city, it's the Pit of Despair, they just need to burn the whole thing to the ground and start over," etc., etc.
But once upon a time, Flint was a pretty popular place with the wealthy automotive mogul set -- just like Detroit! -- and those people pumped some cash into making the place a bit more civilized for posterity. And so Flint has the "Flint Cultural Center" campus, a cultural and museum district with enviable institutions including the Flint Institute of Arts, the Flint Children's Museum, the Sloan Museum, the Longway Planetarium, The Whiting performing arts center, the Applewood Estate, and the Flint School of Performing Arts, which is the largest community school of the arts in Michigan and one of the largest in the country.
There is also plenty of free public art, including the recently restored Grand Fountain, a concrete installation with water flowing over a network of cliffs and steps, installations from the Flint Public Art Project, and the Greater Flint Arts Council's Second Friday Art Walk.
Oh, and don’t forget the Flint Institute of Music, located in the Flint Cultural Center campus, which is home to the Flint Symphony Orchestra, so you can keep pretending to care about having a symphony that you'll still never go to.