July 1, 2021

I am very pleased to share exciting news about the Flint School of Performing Arts!

This week the respective boards of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and Flint Institute of Music completed a consolidation that will welcome the Whiting Auditorium and the Capitol Theatre to the Flint Institute of Music. Our organizations have been exploring the viability of this migration of operations of The Whiting and Capitol Theatre to FIM from FCCC for more than 18 months.

We're now entering a new phase, which is all about integration of people and programs. The consolidation has resulted in new business divisions which more effectively align the needs of the organization with those of our patrons and families. We'll be combining all instructional programming - from birth to adult - into our new Music, Dance and Theatre Division of FIM, of which the Flint School of Performing Arts is a part. The professional theatre program, Flint Repertory Theatre, will also become part of this division, while the instructional theatre program, Flint Repertory Theatre Education, will transfer to the Flint School of Performing Arts.

We feel this is wonderful news! The storied history of the Flint Youth Theatre will continue alongside the Flint Youth Ballet and Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra as the pinnacle instructional program for theatre within the new division. We'll have everyone - students, faculty and teaching artists - together where they can maximize their collective performing arts experience.

The familiar FSPA faces you're used to will not change. Flint Repertory Theatre Education staff will move their offices to FSPA so that all Music, Dance and Theatre Division people are better able to work together. Future communication regarding class offerings and locations, registration and tuition assistance information, will still come from FSPA.
As the largest community school of the arts in Michigan, the addition of theatre instruction to the FSPA creates one of the most comprehensive performing arts instructional programs anywhere in the country. The opportunity for enhanced collaboration within the expanded school and across the professional artistic division is an exciting development for students of all ages.
Thank you for your ongoing support FIM. We couldn't be us without you!

My best wishes to you always,

Rodney Lontine
Flint Institute of Music President & CEO
Whiting/Capitol Managing Director