The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) recently announced the Wayne County communities that will participate in the 2023 Inside|Out program. Each community will house high-quality reproductions of art featured in the museum’s collection.
Now in its 14th year, the Inside|Out brings high-quality reproductions of the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit to increase engagement between the museum and its diverse audiences in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
“I am thrilled to announce the communities that will be part of the 2023 Inside|Out program,” said Julie McFarland, DIA’s Executive Director of Public Affairs and Engagement.
“This program allows the DIA to bring art into the community and deepen our engagement with tri-county residents. We are excited to share the museum’s treasures with a wider audience and inspire conversations about art and culture in these neighborhoods.”
From now through October, residents of Macomb, Wayne, and Oakland counties will be able to enjoy a piece of the DIA outside in their own community. Each community will display a number of reproductions outdoors clustered within walking or biking distance.
One of the pieces of art is placed in the mini-park just outside of the Matrix Theatre on Bagley Ave. “As a lifelong Detroiter, I have spent many enjoyable hours at the Detroit Institute of Arts browsing through the many galleries and admiring the incredible collection of paintings, sculptures, and other works of art,” said Kate Brennan, Matrix Executive Director. “It is such a pleasure to be able to see some of these significant works of art that are being shared throughout our Southwest Detroit community. It inspires me to spend more time at the museum, as well.”
Two more pieces of outside art are featured on the walls of the Mexicantown Bakery and Armando’s Mexican Restaurant facing Clark Park. Armando’s General Manager Cecilia Benedict is thrilled with the opportunity to host the DIA program. “Armando’s was so honored to participate in the DIA’s Inside-Out project,” she said. “We are now displaying two unique pieces of art on our building. Being so close to Western High School, I hope the kids on their way to school or after school take the time to look and enjoy them. The pieces bring color and curiosity to anyone walking on Vernor. We love them!”
There are seven participating communities throughout Wayne County, including: • Belleville • Ecorse • Detroit (San Bernardo Neighborhood) • Highland Park (Avalon Village) • Southwest Detroit • Plymouth • Wayne County Community College District
For the full list of communities, to learn more about the Inside|Out program and to schedule a museum visit for your organization visit www.dia.org.
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