Through the codification of a broad based arts coalition, which included Flint elected officials and staff, The Greater Flint Arts Council received a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant in 2012 to develop an Arts Master Plan in conjunction with the City of Imagine Flint Comprehensive Master Plan.
Desiree was selected as an arts consultant to the City of Flint Master Plan and the Our Town grant as a Content Knowledge Expert in Public and Community Arts for the Community Facilities and Infrastructure advisory group. Her work encompassed various roles as an arts advisor, organizer, and artist for the Imagine Flint Master Plan. She co-facilaited artist meetings with former Mayor Dayne Walling, sat on the steering committee for Artists in Residence for the Our Town grant, and organized community meetings. She was also commissioned to take photographs of community groups for Imagine Flint Master Plan's branding, and illustrate a map of Ward 7 for Artist in Residence, Connor Coyne.
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