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July Programs at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

May 23, 2005 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering a variety of fun activities this July. Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Activities denoted with “SLI” are presented with sign language interpretation. 

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE DIA!

The DIA is open until 9 p.m. every Friday. Activities are from 6–8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

July 1: Marshall Fields First Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Rakhi (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Make bracelets special to the East Indian festival of friendship, Rakhi, in which girls tie bands, made from silk cord, beads and foils, around the wrists of boys. 

World Music Series:Alex Chilton 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Listen to Alex Chilton’s work with Big Star, which has earned him universal respect in the rock world.

Artist at Work:Mixed-media Techniques
Gail mally-mack demonstrates her mixed-media techniques using a variety of different papers.

Drawing in the Galleries (Ages 6 and above)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under must be with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Highlights of European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

July 8: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Rakhi (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Make bracelets special to the East Indian festival of friendship, Rakhi, in which girls tie bands, made from silk cord, beads and foils, around the wrists of boys. 

Classical Music: Michigan Chamber Brass 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds, the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra come together as the Michigan Chamber Brass to generate interest in symphonic brass music.

Insider’s View: Gamblers Quarreling 6 & 7:30 p.m.
DIA Educator Jennifer Williams discusses the masterpiece Gamblers Quarreling by Jan Havicksz Steen.

July 15: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Rakhi (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Make bracelets special to the East Indian festival of friendship, Rakhi, in which girls tie bands, made from silk cord, beads and foils, around the wrists of boys. 

Jazz Music: Rayse Biggs Quintet
Trumpeter Rayse Biggs leads his quintet in music from jazz standards to modern sounds.

Drawing in the Galleries (Ages 6 and up)
Artists/instructors help participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and under must be with an adult)
Children explore creative expression through drawing with assistance from museum instructors.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m.
European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.


July 22:Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Rakhi (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Make bracelets special to the East Indian festival of friendship, Rakhi, in which girls tie bands, made from silk cord, beads and foils, around the wrists of boys. 

Family Performance: Sol y Canto (Sun and Song) 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Sol y Canto (Sun and Song) presents their family show featuring songs from their bilingual CD.

Storytelling: LaRon Williams 6 & 7 p.m.
LaRon Williams brings to life multicultural stories from around the world.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m. 
Highlights of European & American art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.


July 29: Fifth Friday—African American Community

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Rakhi  (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult)
Make bracelets special to the East Indian festival of friendship, Rakhi, in which girls tie bands, made from silk cord, beads and foils, around the wrists of boys. 

Artist Demonstration: Painting Techniques
Local artist M. Saffell Gardner demonstrates his oil and watercolor painting techniques.

Live Music: Grandmaster Flash 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Pioneering and legendary hip-hop artist Grandmaster Flash, ranked # 8 on VH1’s 50 greatest hip hop artist of all time, developed the noted Furious Five and is known for his unprecedented ability to turn turntables into a musical instrument.

Storytelling: The Art of Folktales 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Sumarah Karen Smith presents a lively program of African and African American stories.

Guided Tours 6 & 7:30 p.m. 
Highlights of European & American Art and Art of Four Continents & the Ancient World are offered at both times.

 

SATURDAY PROGRAMS

Every Saturday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Folk Art Toy Noon–4 p.m.(Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult) Create a simple ball and cup toy using found and recycled materials.


Saturday, July 2

Greatest Hit of the Month: Gamblers Quarreling 2 p.m.
DIA Educator Jennifer Williams discusses the masterpiece Gamblers Quarreling by Jan Havicksz Steen.


Saturday, July 9

Storytelling: The Story Circle 2 p.m. (SLI)
Elizabeth James shares stories depicting her African-American and Native American heritage.

Artist’s Choice: Sabrina Nelson 2 p.m. (SLI)
Mixed-media artist Sabrina Nelson relates her work to pieces in the DIA’s African collection.

Saturday, July 16

Artist Demonstration: Vera Smith Noon–4 p.m.Working from a live model, Vera Smith demonstrates her watercolor painting techniques. 


Saturday, July 23

Storytelling: The Story Circle 2 p.m.
Elizabeth James shares stories depicting her African-American and Native American heritage.

 

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Initial That Noon–4 p.m.
Make a colorful abstract design using foamcore, markers and your initials.


Sunday, July 3

Storytelling: The Story Circle 2 p.m.
Elizabeth James shares stories depicting her African-American and Native American heritage.


Sunday, July 10

Brunch with Bach: Michigan Chamber Brass 11 a.m.
Musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds, the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra come together as the Michigan Chamber Brass to generate interest in symphonic brass music.Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children under 12 and $5 for concert-only stairwell seating. For tickets, call 313.833.4005.

Storytelling: The Story Circle  2 p.m.
Elizabeth James shares stories depicting her African-American and Native American heritage.

Sunday, July 17

NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt 1 p.m.
Make a panel for the Quilt as a tribute to someone who has died of AIDS. 

Community Choice 2 p.m.
DIA Educator Jennifer Czajkowski discusses works of art in Fantastic Imagery gallery such as The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli and Moonmad by Max Ernst.

Storytelling: The Story Circle  2 p.m.
Elizabeth James shares stories depicting her African-American and Native American heritage.

 

Sunday, July 24

Gallery Serenade: Hawks and Owls  1:30 & 3 p.m.

Bruce Ling and Becca Shilt play the fiddle/mandolin and acoustic guitar, backed up by crisp vocals, producing tunes from Appalachia, country blues, bluegrass, swing and Celtic music.

Sunday, July 31

Family Performance: A Little Knight Music 2 p.m.
A Little Knight Music combines songs about knights and dragons and instruments of the Renaissance.

 

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS

Liberated Quilting  Monday–Friday, July 11–15, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Nationally known author and quilter Gwen Marston teaches techniques for piecing quilts without patterns. Members: $160; Non-members: $200; Student teachers: $100. To register, call 313.833.4249.

Higher Thinking Skills Monday–Thursday, July 18–21; 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Learn how to help students develop and strengthen critical thinking and communication skills through looking at art, using a teaching method known as Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). Members: $160; Non-members: $200; Student teachers: $100. To rgister, call 313.833.4249.

InsideOut Literary Arts Project: A Neon Color Calls Me
Tuesday, Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27 at the DIA; Thursday, July 28 at the Detroit Opera House, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Led by poet/teachers from the InsideOut Writing Project, a writers-in-schools program based in Detroit, participants will find words to shape the magic of the artistic experience as they discover their own creative voices. Members: $135; Non-members: $150; InsideOut Teachers: $100. To register, call InsideOut at 313.965.5332.

Hours and Admission
The museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is a donation. We recommend $4 for adults and $1 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

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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 is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in late 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.