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DIA exterior at night
DIA exterior at night

Summer Fun at the DIA

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hot events — mini golf on the DIA lawn, summer camps, film and music festival — make for a cool summer while the museum completes the final stage of its renovation

April 26, 2007 (DETROIT)—Summer officially tees-off at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Sunday, May 27 with several special seasonal events—including mini golf and a new film and music festival—presented while the museum is closed to complete the final stage of a six-year building and gallery reinstallation project. The newly expanded and renovated DIA with completely re-organized galleries will be unveiled to the public on Friday, Nov. 23.

Fore! Fun - Look Out for Mini Golf at the DIA

A featured attraction of the summertime line-up is Fore! Fun, a one-of-kind, 10-hole course on the north lawn of the museum created by Detroit area artists, architects, and designers. Each hole is a work of art in itself: “Full Tilt Detroit,” by workplace design firm NBS, resembles a pinball machine; “One Pure Stroke,” by architecture firm the SmithGroup, is a floor plan of the DIA; “The Loop,” a challenging water hole designed by Cass Tech High School student Donald McKinnon; and two holes designed by Detroit artist Andy Malone titled “Laughing Trees,”  featuring whimsically painted trees, and “Devil’s Night,” his commentary about Detroit’s infamous night using marionettes on a rotating stage. Mini Golf at the DIA opens on May 27 at 5 p.m. and will be available through Labor Day. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for DIA members and $3 for kids 12 and under.   More information will be available at in the near future.

Detroit Film Theatre Festival Premier

The Detroit Institute of Arts will debut “Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) Festival,” a new summer film and music series, running June 9–July 29 in the newly restored DIA Auditorium. During the opening weekend, tours of the auditorium will be offered as well as demonstrations of the theater’s original 1927 Casavant classical pipe organ. Free showings of Lotte Reiniger’s feature-length, 1926 shadow animation film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, with live musical accompaniment, will be held at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.

Starting Friday, June 15, the DFT Festival will present seven Friday concerts, the first with internationally acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell. Saturday, June 16 marks the start of a weekend film series featuring international premieres, family-friendly matinees, and films on American pop-culture.  More information will be available at in the near future.

Summer Camps

Summer Camps: Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–noon in the DIA Studio at the Park Shelton across from the museum on Kirby Street. Cost is $150 for DIA members, $180 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (313) 833-4249 or e-mail 

  • Ages 5-8, with an adult: Camp Art ‘n Action, June 25–29; Paint & Papier Mache, July 9–13; Seek and Find Printmaking, July 30–August 3
  • Ages 9-12: Sculpture: Balance, Form & Invention, June 25–29; Clay by Day, July 30–August 3           

The DIA and Detroit Public Library (DPL) Partnership Camp: Kids spend the morning at the DIA Studio creating works of art from a range of materials, and after lunch visit the DPL where a world of mystery waits to be explored.  A variety of week-long camps for ages 5-15 are available. Fees are $300 for DIA members, $360 for non-members.  More information will be available at in the near future.

Summer Dining

CaféDIA will remain open throughout the summer, offering crisp salads, hot soup, custom-made deli sandwiches, pizza, burgers, and desserts.  Summer hours May 29–Oct. 19 are Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Use the John R Street entrance of the museum.

DIA Around Michigan

The DIA will host its popular art-making Drop-In Workshops at several local art festivals, including Birmingham’s Art in the Park, Sept. 15–16; Dearborn’s Art on the Avenue, June 2–3; Wyandotte’s Street Art Fair, July 11–14; Rochester’s Arts & Apples Festival, Sept. 14–16; and, more.  Additional information will be available at in the near future.

Additionally, a DIA icon will be visiting Grand Rapids this summer. Auguste Rodin’s famous bronze sculpture The Thinker will be on loan to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park while exterior museum construction work is being completed. The Thinker will be removed from the Woodward Avenue plaza on May 22, and installed in the outdoor Sculpture Park at Meijer Gardens on May 23. It will be on exhibit in Grand Rapids until shortly before the DIA’s grand reopening in November.  For information on The Thinker’s installation and exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, contact Rick Jensen at (616) 975-3155 or

DIA Closure and Reopening

To complete the final phase of the renovation project, which includes reinstalling over 6000 works of art in redesigned galleries, the museum will close beginning Monday, May 28, the day after the Ansel Adams exhibition ends.  

The museum’s reopening kicks off Nov. 10 with an exclusive first-look black tie gala fundraiser. The museum officially opens to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.  

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Located in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts was founded in 1885 and is recognized as one of the country’s premier art museums. The museum’s approximately 60,000 works of art comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals, the DIA’s collection reveals the scope and depth of human experience, imagination, and emotion.

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


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