The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is taking art to the streets around Metro Detroit for the sixth year in a row. The DIA announced on Friday the participating cities in this year’s popular Inside|Out program, which brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout the area.
Over the past five years, the DIA has installed more than 800 reproductions in over 100 communities. During the 2015 season, eight venues will be participating for the first time, including Midtown Detroit; the Osborn neighborhood in Detroit; Grosse Ile; Memphis; Ortonville; White Lake; Flat Rock; and Wolverine Lake.
“We are delighted at the continued success and popularity of Inside|Out,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “Thanks to the Knight Foundation’s sponsorship, we are able to refresh the program and expand partnerships with metro Detroit community organizations.”
Highlights for next year include new images that better reflect the diversity of the museum’s collection and broad interests of communities. During the summer months, the DIA will partner with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision to create an Inside|Out community garden exhibition. The exhibition will illuminate a handful of Detroit community gardens and provide new programming opportunities within the intersection of gardening, nutrition and art. The DIA will also partner with the Huron River Watershed Council to host an Inside|Out exhibition in the five Huron River Trail towns, an initiative to help develop an arts and culture component on the Huron riverfront.
The DIA encourages each community to plan activities centered around its Inside|Out works. Previous events have included bike and walking tours, bus tours, talks at local libraries, festivals and more.
More than 80 reproductions will be in 10 communities from April to July, and then in 10 other communities from August to October. Each community will have from seven to 12 images clustered within walking or bike-riding distance.
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