Inside|Out, Spring 2017

The Detroit Institute of Arts' popular program, Inside|Out, returns for its eighth year! Inside|Out brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the museum's collection to outdoor venues throughout Metro Detroit.

“Art has the powerful ability to unify, and Inside|Out allows us to bring people together outside of the museum walls,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “We see ourselves as more than a museum; we use art to encourage connections and improve understanding among our diverse communities.”

Over the past seven years, the museum has partnered with more than 100 communities and engaged tens of thousands of residents with art in places where they live, work and play. This year, the DIA will expand the number of installation sites from approximately 80 to 120 per three-month season - more than ever before!

New for Summer 2017, the DIA is collaborating with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to include 10 reproductions of objects from their permanent collection.

The reproductions will be in 11 communities from April to July, and then in 10 other venues from August to October. Each community will have from seven to 12 images clustered within walking or bike-riding distance.

Four venues—Detroit’s Lafayette Park, Allen Park, the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge and Highland Township—are participating for the first time. The Detroit International Wildlife Refuge—the first of its kind in North America—consists of nearly 6,000 acres of habitat along the lower Detroit River and western shoreline of Lake Erie. The DIA will install Inside|Out in Gibraltar, Grosse Ile and Trenton refuge sites, including at a new visitor center set to open this summer. 

Another 2017 highlight is a return exhibit at Hines Park that will be installed along a six-mile stretch of Hines Drive, which becomes a motor-vehicle-free area on Saturdays during warmer months. 

The DIA encourages each community to plan activities centered on its Inside|Out works; events will be planned closer to installation dates. Previous activities have included bike and walking tours, talks at libraries and community centers, festivals and more. 

Spring 2017 Maps






Lafayette Park, Detroit

Mount Clemens





#InsideOutUSA Photo Contest

This summer join the Detroit Institute of Arts and five other museums across the country in celebrating art in unexpected places with the second annual #InsideOutUSA Photo Contest from June 9–12. The contest seeks out the most creative photos of Inside|Out works in the museums’ respective cities. There will be local and national prizes. The DIA will launch the contest in Detroit with an Instameet in Lafayette Park on Friday, June 9. Click here for more details!

Share Your Experience

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Inside|Out is sponsored by The Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation

Photo credit: Andrew Potter Photo for Knight Foundation