Check it out. Your Detroit Institute of Arts is opening up its treasure trove for viewing at a public place near you. Well, almost — the works on display are excellent reproductions of the masterpieces which residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are invited to see, gratis*, currently on display at the DIA. Even if you buy a ticket, it’s a small price to pay to see the real McGill and VanGoghs.
Details from DIA:
Inside|Out, now in its fourth year, brings nearly 80 reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to the streets and parks of metro Detroit, pleasantly surprising and delighting residents of the participating communities. Where possible, the works are clustered within walking or biking distance of each other in a grand, open-air gallery.
The DIA is working with the communities to plan educational opportunities and other fun activities, such as bicycle and walking tours. Residents of participating communities will enjoy a designated weekend to visit the museum for free and see “their” works of art. Visitors will receive a 10-percent discount in Café DIA and the museum shop, $1 off Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) tickets and free admission to showings of the DFT 101 film series.
Stay tuned for updates on the Inside|Out photo contest and geocaching series.
Participating Communities and Community Weekend Dates:
- Ann Arbor – April 20-21
- Dearborn - Heights June 8-9
- Fraser - June 1-2
- Hazel Park - April 27-28
- New Baltimore - May 4-5
- Novi - May 18-19
- Pontiac - April 27-28
- Redford Township - June 22-23
- Rochester Hills - May 4-5
- Southwest Detroit - June 22-23
- Utica - June 1-2
- Walled Lake - May 18-19
- Westland - June 8-9
Click here for details on Inside/Out. The DIA itself is open Tuesdays through Sundays.
* DIA admission is free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, where voters passed a millage to support the acclaimed institution, home to some of the most magnificent works of art in the world. Admission also is free to Members of the DIA. For residents of other Michigan counties, and for visitors from out of state, admission is $8 for adults ($6 for senior citizens), $4 for children (free for kids 5 and under), and $5 for college students with valid ID.