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Detroit Institute of Arts launches new South Lawn space with Lawn Party! July 5 - New venue for seasonal events, concerts, community-based programs, other outdoor activities

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(Detroit)—Following the successful launch of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) revitalized Kresge Court, the museum is moving forward with the second phase of its ArtPlace America grant: developing the South Lawn as a community gathering space.

The DIA will use the outdoor area to strengthen its connection to street life along the Woodward corridor as Midtown continues its evolution into a highly walkable community. The lawn will become a venue for innovative seasonal events, including concerts, new community-based programs, local food trucks and other outdoor activities, from lawn games to drum circles.

The South Lawn will host a new program series—Lawn Party!—on four weekends from July to September, beginning July 5 with Concert of Colors performances at 5 p.m. by the October Babies and 7 p.m. by Feufollet. People are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs for seating during performances. Other Lawn Party! programs are scheduled for the weekends of Aug. 16–18, and Sept. 13–15 and Sept. 20–22. Visit www.dia.org for details. For more information about the Concert of Colors, visit www.concertofcolors.com.

Both the new Kresge Court and South Lawn spaces are funded by a $268,500 grant from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking across the United States.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

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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.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Contact: Larisa Zade 313-833-7962 lzade@dia.org www.dia.org