From the Director
john henry

The Promise of New Experiences
For me, autumn is the season of the year that heralds change and the promise of new and exciting experiences. This probably stems from the traditional opening of the school year in September and the excitement that comes with it, even among those of us for whom the classroom is a part of the distant past. Autumn is also the beginning of the "cultural season" and for visitors to the Flint Institute of Arts, this is sure to be among the most stimulating, provocative, and thought-provoking exhibition schedules in recent history.

The Flint Institute of Arts endeavors through its diverse exhibitions and educational programming to provide opportunities to better understand and interpret our shared cultural past and to introduce challenging new and significant forms of visual culture. Coming this fall, creativity meets technology in The Art of Video Games, a mammoth exhibition organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum that has attracted record crowds at museum venues across the United States. This show will be at the FIA from October 26 through January 18 (the only site in Michigan). The interactive exhibition is designed to inform audiences of the creative use of new technologies and features some of the most influential artists and designers working in game technology, one of the most dominant cultural mediums of our time. "Combining fundamental elements—image, sound, story and interaction—no other medium comes close to offering the audience so many points of connection," states The Art of Video Games Curator Chris Melissinos.

As you read through the pages of this month's FIA Magazine, the schedule of the coming season's programs including films, classes, lectures, and special events, does indeed offer the promise of new and exciting experiences for everyone.

I look forward to seeing you here again soon.

John B. Henry
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