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Detroit Institute of Arts offers a variety of Activities in July - Drop-In workshops, music, family programming and more

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Contact: Pamela Marcil    (313) 833-7899

(Detroit)—Don’t miss the photography exhibition Detroit—Bruce Weber, free with museum admission.

Programs are free with museum admission and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit

Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no tea
ching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Sundays, noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Tuesdays, 11–3 p.m. Collage Portraits
Wednesdays, 11–3 p.m. Refrigerator Magnets
Thursdays, 11–3 p.m. Toy Spinners
Fridays, 11, 18 & 25, 11–3 p.m. Islamic Decoupage: In Islamic culture, the word decoupage refers to works of art that are finely cut from paper or leather. Make a fun version using colorful papers and decorative-edged scissors.
Fridays, July 11 & 18, 6–9 p.m. Japanese Stab-Bound Books: Make a simple book using a traditional bookbinding technique.
Saturdays, July 5, 12 & 19, Noon–4 p.m. Art Pins
Sundays, July 6, 13 & 20, Noon–4 p.m. Sculptural Boxes 

Special Drop-in Puppet Workshops
Friday, July 25, 6–9 p.m. Model Magic Pencil Puppets: Have fun creating your own puppet characters from self-hardening modeling material.
Saturday, July 26, Noon–4 p.m. Glove Finger Puppet: Take a single finger from a glove, decorate it with art-making materials and bring it to life. And don’t forget to check out our puppet gallery! 
Sunday, July 27, Noon–4 p.m. Felt Snake and Spider Marionettes

Friday, July 4 – MUSEUM CLOSED

Friday Night Live, July 11
Music: Concert of Colors: PanaMO: 7 p.m. ONLY 
World, Latin Jazz/Salsa band PanaMO performs original compositions with Latin roots as well as jazz standards with inventive arrangements. PanaMO is led by Obed Succari, a master percussionist from Panama. 

Saturday, July 12
Artist Demonstration: TBD: Noon–4 p.m.

Ford Family Sunday, July 13
Sunday Music Bar: Spencer Barefield: 1–4 p.m.
Guitarist Spencer Barefield performs on acoustic guitar.

Concert of Colors: Great Lakes Taiko Drummers: 2 p.m.
Enjoy the traditional Japanese sound of taiko drumming that features a wide range of two-sided stick-percussion instruments. 

Friday Night Live, July 18
Music: James “Blood” Ulmer: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer, described as the founder of the Black Rock Coalition, combines influences from jazz, rock and funk to create his own sound. 

Ford Family Sunday, July 20
Sunday Music Bar: Andrew Buhr: 1–4 p.m. 
Pianist Andrew Buhr will perform classical music.

Friday Night Live, July 25
Music: JP Jofre Quintet: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
JP Jofre is an Argentinian composer and bandoneon player in the style of Astor Piazzolla. His quintet will play music from his CD “Hard Tango,” which includes his own compositions, as well as works by Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer and Fernando Otero. The quintet features Ron Wasserman (bass), Eric Silberger (violin), Amy Kang (cello) and Daniela Candillari (piano).

Friday, July 25–Sunday, July 27
Detroit Puppeteers Guild and Detroit Institute of Arts present Motor City Puppetry Blast
The DIA and Detroit Puppeteers Guild are hosting the 2014 Puppeteers of America Great Lakes Regional Festival (, which features the following programs:

Friday, July 25
Sarah Frechette, The Snowflake Man: 4 p.m.
Puppeteer Sarah Frechette uses masterly storytelling, Czech-style marionettes, and a pop-up book of watercolor paintings to tell the story of W. A. Bentley, the pioneer of snowflake photography. A recipient of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, International Puppetry Association citation for puppetry excellence, this show is suitable for all ages.

Manual Cinema, Lula Del Ray: 8 p.m.
Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray is the story of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother on the outskirts of a vast satellite array in the middle of the desert. After a hearing them on the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo, the Baden Brothers. Lula del Ray is performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette and live music.

Saturday, July 26 
The Frisch Marionettes, The Jungle Book: 11:30 a.m.
Stolen from his mother at birth and raised in the jungle by wolves, Mowgli must face his destiny as a man when Shere Khan threatens him and the peace of the jungle. 

Sea Beast Puppetry, Mefiez-Vous de la Vache Garou (Beware the Werecow!)
Join Sea Beast Puppet Company for scary stories, creepy comedy and terrifying twists. A young girl goes on a journey of self-discovery, a foolish hunter meets with retaliation and a bar is turned upside down by the discovery of a mythical creature—all set in the swamps of Louisiana. Sea Beast Puppet Company has toured all over the U.S.,Canada and Australia.

The Melchior Marionettes: 4 p.m.
Enjoy a variety puppet show featuring three generations of puppeteers from the Melchior family.

Sunday, July 27
Cynthia Von Orthal Puppets, The Yellow Wallpaper and The Crane Maiden: 11 a.m. 
VonOrthal Puppets’ interpretation of these classic short stories explores the relationship between society and nature. These stories are told with a variety of puppetry, styles including hand, rod and Bunraku.

Dick Meyers’s Beauty and the Beast: Noon
In 1974, puppeteer Dick Meyers brought his one-of-a-kind puppets to Detroit for his production of this classic tale. In 2014 this production will return after 40 years, painstakingly revived using the original puppets Meyers crafted decades ago. With performances by Seth Schaffer and Bart Roccoburton from the Ballard Institute for Puppetry, this program will wrap up the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Puppetry Festival with an experience not to be missed.

Ford Family Sunday, July 27
Sunday Music Bar: Mick Dobday: 1–4 p.m. 
Pianist Mick Dobday performs classical and jazz standards.

DIA Hours and Admission
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 ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and DIA members. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


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 residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.