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July 2006 Programs at the DIA

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

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 7: First Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Musical Instruments: Tambourines  (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Learn about the history of tambourines and make a simple version of your own.

World Music: Tandava 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Tandava is inspired by the folk and classical music of India and Bangladesh and draws musical traditions from China, the Middle East, Africa and the West.

Artist at Work: Scott Hocking
Scott Hocking demonstrates his techniques for making mixed-media assemblages.

Drawing in the Galleries for All Ages (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
An artist/instructor helps participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger 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 14: Fine Arts Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Musical Instruments: Tambourines (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Learn about the history of tambourines and make a simple version of your own.

Classical Music: Ian Ding 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Ian Ding, Detroit Symphony Orchestra assistant principal percussionist, blends his classical training with experimental and world music, improvisation and electronics.

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 21: Jazz Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Musical Instruments: Tambourines (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Learn about the history of tambourines and make a simple version of your own.

Jazz Music: Jeff “Tain” Watts 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Jeff “Tain” Watts exhibits a versatility that is energetic and captivating and has led to collaborations with performers including Branford Marsalis, Danilo Perez and Kenny Garrett.

Drawing in the Galleries for All Ages (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
An artist/instructor helps participants create pencil drawings to take home.

Adventures in Drawing (Ages 8 and younger 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 28: Family Friday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Musical Instruments: Tambourines (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Learn about the history of this percussion instrument and make a simple version of your own.

Family Performance: Repercussions 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The four women of Repercussions entertain audiences with the power and excitement of percussion instruments, drawing inspiration from many cultures and traditions.

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: If the Shoe Fits: Paper Shoes (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.) Noon–4 p.m
Make a miniature shoe from art papers of different weights and textures using a precut historical pattern or create your own style of footwear.

Saturday, July 1

Greatest Hit of the Month 2 p.m.
Jennifer Williams, DIA educator, discusses the painting Leisure Hours by John Everet Millais.

Saturday, July 8

Storytelling: It’s All Greek to Me 2 p.m. (SLI)
Storyteller Rob McCabe shares legends from Greek and Roman mythology.

Saturday, July 15

Artist Demonstration: Sabrina Nelson Noon–4 p.m.
Sabrina Nelson demonstrates how her most recent work uses digital photography in combination with more traditional techniques.

Saturday, July 22

Storytelling: And Still We Rise: Phoenix Stories 2 p.m.
Storyteller Elizabeth James shares tales from the African Diaspora, focusing on heroes and heroines facing trials and challenges in their quest for a better life.

Saturday, July 29

Friends From Storage 2 p.m.
Glenn Gates, DIA conservator, discusses the West African sculpture Female Figure.

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Every Sunday

Drop-in Workshop for All Ages: Bojagi (Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.)
Noon-4 p.m.
Design your own Korean bojagi, a traditional cloth created by women to wrap, store, decorate or carry gifts and everyday objects.

Sunday, July 2

Storytelling: It’s All Greek to Me 2 p.m.
Storyteller Rob McCabe shares legends from Greek and Roman mythology.

Sunday, July 9

Brunch With Bach: Svet Stoyano   11:30 a.m.
Bulgarian-born Svet Stoyano has captivated audiences internationally with his virtuosic technique on the marimba and a wide variety of other percussion instruments. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and $8 for concert-only stairwell seating.  For tickets, call 313.833.4005. This season of Brunch with Bach is sponsored by the Comerica Charitable Foundation.

Artist’s Choice: Sioux Trujillo 2 p.m. (SLI)
Trujillo describes her drawing process and how it has been inspired by DIA works from Africa, Oceania and the Indigenous Americas.

Sunday, July 16

NAMES: Project AIDS Memorial Quilt 1 p.m.
Staff from the NAMES Project will assist you in making a panel for the Quilt as a tribute to someone who has died of AIDS.

Storytelling: And Still We Rise: Phoenix Stories 2 p.m.
Storyteller Elizabeth James shares tales from the African Diaspora, focusing on heroes and heroines facing trials and challenges in their quest for a better life.

Sunday, July 30

Storytelling: And Still We Rise: Phoenix Stories 2 p.m.
Storyteller Elizabeth James shares tales from the African Diaspora, focusing on heroes and heroines facing trials and challenges in their quest for a better life.

Hours and Admission

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 $6 for adults and $3 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.