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Get to know Detroit Institute of Arts Director Salvador Salort-Pons Series of “Director’s Cut” presentations scheduled in metro Detroit communities

Thursday, January 21, 2016

(Detroit)—As part of his plans to engage with metro Detroit communities, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Director Salvador Salort-Pons has scheduled a series of “Director’s Cut” talks for people to get to know him and for him to hear from metro Detroiters. The events are free and the first one is on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the main Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue.

“When I began as DIA director last October, one of my priorities was to spend more time in tri-county communities,” said Salort-Pons. “My goal with these presentations is not only for people to get to know me, but also for me to get to know them, hear what’s going on in their communities and see if there are opportunities for further engagement.”

After introducing himself, Salort-Pons will give an overview of the DIA’s history and collections, including some of his favorite works of art, and talk about his vision for the museum. He also wants to let people know about the many programs the DIA currently offers both inside and outside the museum’s walls.

Following the talk, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback about the DIA. “I welcome comments, suggestions and impressions, and am happy to answer questions,” said Salort-Pons.

Upcoming Director’s Cut talks:


Feb. 22    7–9 p.m.    Grosse Pointe War Memorial

March 1    7–9 p.m.    Macomb County Community College

Apr 6    7–9 p.m.    Oakland County Rochester Public Library

May 20    1:30–2:30 p.m.    Society of Active Retirees – (location TBD)

June 9    7–9 p.m.    Italian American Cultural Center, Clinton Township


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.