A still from the film The Sentence by Rudy Valdez

The Sentence

  • Sat, Sep 22
  • 11:30 AM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Lecture Hall

Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage, filmmaker Rudy Valdez shows the aftermath of his sister Cindy’s 15-year sentence for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend—something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.”


Drop-In Workshop: Molas

  • 12 - 6 p.m. Sat, Sep 22 | 12 - 4 p.m. Sun, Sep 23
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art-Making Studio

Learn about these intricately sewn, multilayered cloth panels created by the Kuna women of Panama and create a simple version of your own.

Drawing in the Galleries

Drawing in the Galleries

  • Sat, Sep 22
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Native American (1st Floor)

Create a pencil drawing to take home while taking a closer look at the collection.

Family Tour in Rivera Court

Family Tour: It's a Zoo in Here!

  • 1 & 3 p.m. | Saturdays and Sundays
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Great Hall

Your guide for family tours awaits in the Great Hall. Weather permitting, your adventure may include outdoor objects. 

Go Kurosama still

DFT Animation Club: The Best of the 2018 New York International Children's Film Festival

  • 2 p.m. | Sat, Sep 22 & Sun, Sep 23
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Explore new worlds without leaving the theater! Kid Flicks features audience favorites and award-winners from the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens in North America.

A tour stops in front of Kehinde Wiley's "Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares"

The "Big Picture" Guided Tour (3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays)

  • 3 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. take a free guided tour of the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection.

Tours depart from the Great Hall at 3 p.m.

The Big Picture Guided Tour is also at 1 p.m. every Tuesday through ...

European: Medieval & Renaissance

Drawing in the Galleries

  • Sun, Sep 23
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Modern & Contemporary (2nd Floor)

Create a pencil drawing to take home while taking a closer look at the collection.

Coffin artist Paa Joe standing with a coffin in the shape of a lion

Paa Joe | Artist in Residence

  • September 23 - October 22
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

The DIA, in collaboration with the Detroit Public School District, will host internationally-renowned fantasy coffin artist, Joseph Ashong (a.k.a. “Paa Joe”).

Minds on Art

Minds on Art

  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Mondays or Tuesdays, Mon, Sep 10 until Wed, Oct 10
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Minds on Art, in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association of MI, Greater Michigan Chapter, is a free five-week art-based program for people living with memory loss and their caregivers.

DIA Aerial view

Student Design Summit: Kickoff

  • Mon, Sep 24
  • 5:45 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Kresge Court

The DIA invites high school, college, and university students to get involved in the DIA Plaza & Midtown Cultural Connections design project!