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DIA interior
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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

NOVEMBER 10, 2007

September 20, 2007 (DETROIT)—Tickets are officially now on sale for Arts Alive!, the grand opening gala for the new Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), which promises to be the hottest party of the year. Arts Alive! will be held November 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will offer an extraordinary evening of art experiences.  Guests will be among the first to exclusively preview the new DIA—truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. A change of this magnitude has not happened since the museum’s original building opened in 1927. 

Following a $158 million, six-year building renovation and expansion project, the new DIA with completely re-organized galleries and expansive new public spaces will be unveiled at this spectacular fundraising party for Detroit’s own national treasure. And while the new DIA will be the main attraction at Arts Alive!, a diverse line-up of international, national and local entertainment will excite and engage partygoers as they experience the museum—and art—as never before.

Performance painter Michael Israel wields his paintbrushes like swords, and will wow partygoers as he moves in rhythm to music while splashing his canvasses with color. He has graced Olympic stages, presidential galas and Las Vegas events. Israel’s finished work will be sold during the evening.

The Alex Donner Orchestra will perform throughout the evening for guests’ dancing and listening pleasure. Rave reviews follow Donner around the country, whether he’s playing swing, disco, big band, Latin or rock’n’roll.

Art comes to life again in a performance created especially for the DIA by the renowned Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet of New York, which will make its Detroit debut at Arts Alive! The international company of 17 dancers is known for its refined, yet energetic style of dance.

Arts Alive! guests also have an opportunity to personally participate in the art experiences of this spectacular evening! Chris Nuñez, the celebrity tattoo artist from the TLC hit TV show Miami Ink, will create phenomenal temporary tattoos on select partygoers. Osadia, the colorfully costumed street theatre company from Barcelona, will offer an original and provocative exhibition of hair art with the active participation of gala guests.

And the party is just getting started! DJ Cassidy, one of the most sought-after names in the industry, will entertain and energize the Arts Alive! guests well into the night. Dee-jaying events all over the world for some of the biggest names in entertainment, Cassidy’s client roster includes Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Elton John, Paris Hilton and more.

Local entertainers at Arts Alive!  include Detroit’s own Mosaic Singers, along with Modern Tribe featuring Gwen & Charles Scales.

This magnificent, unsurpassed evening to celebrate the new DIA is being orchestrated by event chairpersons Mary Kay Crain, Jennifer Fischer, Carlita Kilpatrick and Marianne Schwartz.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Arts Alive! are now on sale and may be purchased by calling (313) 833-7967. The “Impressionist” package, priced at $600 per ticket, includes a champagne reception, a strolling culinary feast, all of the Arts Alive! entertainment, a specially selected guest favor, valet parking, two passes to an exclusive gallery tour on Nov. 15, and two tickets to the DFT Champagne Preview Party in 2008. Additionally, a limited number of “Impressionist Premier” packages are available for $10,000 and include all of the elements of the Impressionist package plus reserved private seating with an attendant in Prentis Court for 10 guests.  The “Modernist” package, priced at $200 per ticket, is also available and includes a late night buffet of culinary treats and cocktails, and all of the Arts Alive! entertainment. The Pre-Gala Patron Dinner, a $2,500 ticket, is already at capacity. For more information, please call (313) 833-7967.

DIA Temporary Closing & Public Reopening

To complete the final phase of the renovation project, which includes reinstalling over 5,000 works of art in redesigned galleries, the museum is currently closed. Arts Alive! on Nov. 10 will kick off more than a week of events to celebrate the opening of the new DIA, concluding with its official public debut 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.

Media Contacts                     Pamela Marcil  313-833-7899
                                                Brendy Barr     248-651-4858

NOTE: Photos of Arts Alive! performers are available upon request.