Forward-Thinking Flint

Many may know Flint, Michigan for its former life as a GM town, and Michael Moore’s portrayal of it in his documentary Roger and Me. Now, the city of Flint is transforming – with art as a starting point to connect with, and improve upon, the city. Flint native and NY based journalist- curator Stephen Zacks has spearheaded The Flint Public Art Project a group organizing “workshops and temporary installations to inspire residents to reimagine the city and reclaim vacant and underutilized buildings”, encouraging collaborations among local residents and beyond. Currently, the organization has the community-gathering-hub the “Spacebuster” on loan from NYC’s Storefront for Art & Architecture.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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