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Detroit Institute of Arts Summer Fun Continues on the Riverfront Second Saturdays in July, August and September are free, fun and family-friendly

Monday, June 29, 2009

June 29, 2009 (Detroit)—For three Saturdays this summer, there’s no need to go indoors to experience two of Detroit’s most popular cultural attractions. On July 11, August 8 and September 12 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to offer free art-making, music, and other family-friendly activities on Detroit’s waterfront.
      DIA Studio staff will be on hand with all the materials and assistance needed for people to make their own musical instruments at drop-in workshops. In July, get creative with beads, wire, leather and markers to create whimsical wrist and ankle rattles. Make a simple version of the West African kalimba, a percussion instrument, in August. September offers the opportunity to make an instrument almost everyone has played at one time—the tambourine.
      In addition to the art-making workshops, Second Saturdays on the Riverfront will feature concerts presented by the DSO, airbrush and clown balloon artists and the Marshall Music Instrument Petting Zoo (July and August only).
      Activities take place at Rivard Plaza, 1340 E. Atwater Street in Detroit. For more information on Second Saturdays on the Riverfront, visit For information on the DIA and a schedule of exhibitions and activities, visit

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The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and 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.

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

Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899