Events

Playing chess with the Detroit Chess Club at the DIA

Detroit City Chess Club Open Play

  • Fridays at 4:00 p.m. , 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Prentis Court

Join the Detroit City Chess Club in their regular Friday meet-ups in Prentis Court.

A woman drawing in the American galleries

Drawing in the Galleries

  • Fri, Jul 12 , 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - American (2nd Floor)

Explore American Art and create a pencil drawing to take home. 

Drop-In Workshop: Sistrums

Drop-In Workshop: Sistrums

  • 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Sat, July 13 & Sun, July 14, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art-Making Studio

Sistrums are sacred rattles carried by royal women during ceremonies in ancient Egypt. Learn more about this instrument and create a simple version.

Drum line dressed in traditional African clothing

Concert of Colors: African Masquerade

  • 12 - 2:00 p.m. Sat, July 13 | 2:00 p.m. Sun, July 14, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Come experience a spectacular performance of African dance on the grounds of the DIA.

Patrons drawing on the DIA's north lawn

Drawing in the Galleries | North Lawn

  • 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Sat, July 13 & Sun, July 14, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - North Lawn

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

Ramy Essam playing guitar during a performance

Concert of Colors: Ramy Essam

  • Sat, Jul 13 , 2019
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Egypt’s Ramy Essam exploded into international fame as the real voice of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, when his songs spread like wildfire among the demonstrators.

Three singers during a performance

Concert of Colors: Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa

  • Sat, Jul 13 , 2019
  • 5:30 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will perform traditional Nigerian Yoruba music, mixing African folklore with modern western elements. 

Photographs of a man and a boy at a piano

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

  • Mon, Jul 15 , 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes explores the unique vision behind the iconic jazz record label.

Decorated Drumsticks

Drop-In Workshop: Decorated Drumsticks

  • 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Tue, July 16 - Thu, July 18, 2019
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art-Making Studio

Some musical instruments produce sounds by being struck by sticks, fingers or other hard objects.

Portrait of Grace Jones smoking a cigarette against a bright red background

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

  • Tue, Jul 16 , 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

This electrifying journey of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic.