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Detroit Institute of Arts launches fourth Year of popular Inside|Out Program with continued Support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation - Twenty-one communities, six new reproductions added

Friday, February 08, 2013

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is taking art to the streets for the fourth 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 the streets and parks of metro Detroit. Inside/out

This year 21 new communities are part of the mix. From April to June, 81 reproductions will be in 13 communities, and from July to September, 80 will be placed in 12 other municipalities. Each community will have from five to 12 images clustered within walking or bike-riding distance. Exact placements are still being determined, and once they are finalized, they will be featured on an interactive map on the DIA’s website,

To refresh the works available, the DIA has added six new reproductions, including several examples of modern art, to the 80 already in use. The new works are: The Window, Henri Matisse; Boy with Plaid Scarf, Robert Henri; Winter Landscape in Moonlight, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner; Hard Ball III, Robert Moskowitz; Mother and Child, Yoruba, African; and Ellen's Isle, Loch Katrine, Robert S. Duncanson.

“Community weekends” are another new component of this year’s program. Residents of participating communities will enjoy a designated Saturday and Sunday to visit the museum free and see the actual art work installed in their cities’ works. 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.

“It’s been amazing to see how Inside|Out has grown over the past three years,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “Embarking on its fourth year with sustained support from Knight Foundation, Inside|Out will continue to engage people with art in settings that are familiar to them, fostering both creativity and pride in their communities.”

"It's not enough to simply present art in today's world,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation. “Audiences demand to be engaged, and with Inside Out, the DIA has created an exciting program that we think is worth replicating in communities around the country."

Participating communities, with free community weekends for the first round noted, are:

Spring 2013                          Community Weekends
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 27–29
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

Summer 2013               Summer 2013 community weekends TBD
Detroit (Belle Isle and Indian Village and surrounding area)
Huntington Woods
Lincoln Park
Pleasant Ridge
Shelby Township
Sterling Heights

The DIA encourages each city to plan activities centered around its Inside|Out works. Previous events have included a wine-tasting bus tour, bike and walking tours and talks at local libraries and festivals. The DIA will offer an online photo contest and a geocaching series—a high-tech treasure hunt in which players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, placed near the reproductions using GPS-enabled devices. The photo contest and geocaching series will begin later in the season, and those interested in participating are advised to visit the DIA’s website for updates.

Facebook users can follow Inside|Out updates and share their experiences with the program through messages, photos, videos and more on the Inside|Out Facebook page. To utilize the Inside|Out Facebook page, visit and “Like” the page.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

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The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.
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