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Warren Teacher Wins Grand Prize Detroit Institute of Arts Visit for Art Students at Warren Woods Tower High School

Wednesday, December 19, 2007



Dec. 19, 2007 (Detroit) – Billboards and advertising for the new Detroit Institute of Arts kept encouraging the art students at Warren Woods Tower High School to “Let Themselves Go”. But there’re was no funding for a field trip. Luckily, their art teacher, Diana Baldensperger, entered a drawing at the museum’s Educator Preview last month that will make their wish a reality.


Baldensperger was chosen from 1,500 other educators from throughout southeast Michigan as the grand prize winner of a free Studio Days Package. This $300-value package includes museum admission, a tour, and an art-making session for 15-30 students and adults. So on a day that the school chooses, Baldensperger and some of her students will enjoy an all-expense paid visit to the museum. She is sharing the prize with the school’s other art teacher, Lisa Flanigan, who will also bring some of her students.


Baldensperger said the high school doesn’t have a Parent-Teacher Organization to help raise funds for such activities. So, she and the students are truly grateful for this free opportunity.


“We talked earlier this year about finding a way to plan a trip for our high school students to go to the DIA,” Baldensperger said. “We would have had to plan fundraisers or write a grant. It’s difficult to find money for the arts period, let alone a field trip. A good portion of our students don’t have money to pay their own way to the museum. So, this was sort of like a little answer to our prayers.”


Jennifer Williams, associate educator for student and teachers programs for the DIA, is thrilled the museum was able to provide this opportunity to such an excited winner.


“We would like to make this offer to every student group,” Williams said. “But since we can’t, we’re thrilled that the winner was someone who truly needs the support. We can’t wait to welcome Warren Woods Tower High School students to the DIA.”


Other Drawing Prizes Included:

  • Three winners of Teacher Workshop Tuition (Valued at $50 each)
    Thomas Judd of Regina High School, Warren; David Raether of Southfield Lathrup High School; and Susan Piro of Southwest Elementary School,Howell.
  • Two winners of a Single Session, 2-Hour Art-Making Class Tuition (Valued at $24 each)
    Julie Green of Bedford High School, Dearborn Heights; and Ida Dollins of Stevenson High School, Sterling Heights.
  • Five winners of Bus Reimbursement for a Four-Hour Maximum, One Round-Trip School Bus to the DIA (Valued at $250 each )
    Latson Road Elementary School, Howell; Quarton/Pembroke Elementary School, Birmingham; Ann Arbor Huron High School; Annapolis High School, Dearborn Heights; and AGBU Alex and Manoogian School, Southfield.


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Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for Senior Citizens and $4 for children ages 6-17. 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.



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.



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