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Detroit Institute of Arts Hosts 14-Year-Old Chess Champ in Simul Match and Award-Winning InsideOut Literary Arts Project Poet

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Atulya Shetty to play 40-60 Detroit City Chess Club members simultaneously; Suzanne Scarfone to read her poetry
 

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) features two special programs during its Nov. 5 Friday Night Live. Atulya Shetty, a 14-year-old chess champion from Ann Arbor, will play 40-60 members of the Detroit City Chess Club simultaneously beginning at 5:30 p.m. Suzanne Scarfone, education director and writer-in-residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, will read her poetry at 8 p.m.
 
Shetty, a freshman at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, started playing chess when he was four, and at age 13 earned the title of National Master; he is currently the youngest Master in Michigan. In 2002, he won first place in the First Grade section of the National Grade Level Championships, and won the Michigan High School tournaments in 2007 and 2008. In July, Atulya played in the 2010 Cadet Chess Championship, an invitational event for the top eight players under age 16 in the country. He was also named to the United States Chess Federation All-America Team in 2007 and 2008. Atulya recently represented the United States at the 2010 World Youth Chess Championships (WYCC) in Greece.
 
The Detroit City Chess Club plays most every Friday night at the DIA from 4 to 8 p.m. The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions, and have participated in simul matches at the DIA in the past.
 
Scarfone is education director and writer-in-residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit. In each of her poems, she paints the domestically surreal moments found in the musicality of everyday experience. Through InsideOut, she has written children’s plays in conjunction with Detroit Puppet Art Theatre, and led third- and fourth-grade students in creating an original opera, Ringer of the Moon, which was presented at the Detroit Opera House in 2008. Scarfone is also a creative writing teacher for The Afghan Women’s Writing Project.
 
Scarfone's poems have appeared in Ducts; FRIGG; Phoebe: A Journal of Feminist Scholarship; Cider Press Review; Earth’s Daughters; Natural Bridge: A Journal of Contemporary Literature; Switched-on Gutenberg; Cherry Blossom Review; Poetry Repairs; Corridors; Coe Review; and Cirgue: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim. 
 
Other activities during the evening include performances by the Michigan Opera Theater Singers at 7 and 8:30 p.m., guided tours at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and drawing in the galleries. All programs are free with museum admission.
 
Hours and Admission 
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.
 
 
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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. As the DIA celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2010, it does so with renewed commitment to its visitor-centered experience and to its mission of creating opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.
 
Programs are made possible in part with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899 pmarcil@dia.org