Stories of Meaningful Change


Stories from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

For the Love of Art

Pauline Angle

Pauline Angle's artistic talent and life-long love of art have inspired the people closest to her in ways she never imagined.

After attending an exhibit of Angle's work at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), her family and friends came together to honor her by establishing an endowed fund to support FIA's Art School. "We've all admired Pauline's art work for years," said sister Marie Black, who helped organize the effort.

The gesture was a surprise for Angle, who studied at Chicago Academy of Arts and Flint Institute of Arts. "I was overwhelmed by their generosity and so grateful," she said. "Really, I had the best training at FIA." Her work includes watercolor, acrylic, oil and paper collage.

Angle's daughter, Susan Damone of Grand Blanc, recalls her mother's influence. "My siblings and I grew up with an appreciation for art, the FIA and its contributions to our community," she said. "We wanted to acknowledge and honor Mom's participation in the Flint art scene." Damone currently volunteers as an FIA docent.