Save Flint Center -- Our Regional Performing Art Center at De Anza College

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The Flint Center will be closed on June 30th, 2019, and could be torn down for other uses (most likely a housing project). The future of the Flint Center will be determined by the Foothill-De Anza College Board on Monday, June 10th, 2019.

We urge the Board Trustees for Foothill-De Anza Community College District vote to save Flint Center. This Performing Arts Center provides essential services to the region and brings nationally and internationally recognized speakers, performers, and celebrities to De Anza College.

We urge the community members in surrounding cities to step up to help save Flint Center, which is a treasure in our community.

HOW TO HELP?

The Flint Center, opened in 1968 with almost 2500 seats, has hosted concerts, Broadway shows, dances, cultural events, speaking events, school graduations, and corporate events such as Steve Job’s launch of the original Apple Macintosh in a 1984. The Flint Center is known for great acoustics from almost every seat. It is almost a landmark, but it might be lost forever.

The Flint Center is facing challenges over past few years due to a lack of proper maintenance and management. One possible proposal to renovation is to tear it down to make room for staff housing project.

  1. It is unlikely the South Bay will have an equivalent performing arts center with the capacity for more than 2000 people to host nationally or internationally acclaimed speakers or performances.
  2. The acoustics in Flint Center are exemplary, which took many years of adjustment to reach perfection. It would be challenging to build another center with comparable sound quality.
  3. The Flint Center is not only a building in De Anza College nor only a venue for artists to perform. It is part of our community! The surrounding school districts have used it for their graduation ceremonies for years. And many other important events were held at the Flint Center in last several decades.
  4. As our region grows, we will need more public gathering spaces, not fewer. If we destroy a superb space such as the Flint Center today, likely we will regret the decision for years to come. We believe that, with necessary funding and care, the Flint Center can be renovated to continue in its role as a community and regional performance and lecture space for decades more.
  5. The Flint Center’s land is NOT the only place within the Foothill-De Anza Community College which can be used for a housing project. There are many other old buildings on campus whose function are not so crucial and large expanses of single story parking lots which are viable candidates for future housing projects.
  6. Flint Center’s financial problem can be solved by improving management and methods for fundraising.
  7. It missed the point to argue that the Flint Center should be torn down just because it can not make money. Most cultural centers or art museums are not profitable. Lack of profit does not mean institutions have no value and should be closed. We invest in performance centers and educational institutions for the public good and inspiration they provide for the student and resident populations they serve.

This is a question of what our community really values!  We value the community center, public education, quality of life, and the performing arts.  Help us save the Flint Center!


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