DETROIT, MICH.- The Detroit Institute of Arts
announced participating cities for 2015 in the sixth year of its popular Inside|Out program in 2015. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation sponsor Inside|Out, which brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIAs collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit.
Over the past five years, Inside|Out has been in more than 100 communities. During the 2015 season, eight venues are participating for the first time, including Midtown Detroit; the Osborn neighborhood in Detroit; Grosse Ile; Memphis; Ortonville; White Lake; Flat Rock; and Wolverine Lake.
We are delighted at the continued success and popularity of Inside|Out, said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. Thanks to the Knight Foundations sponsorship, we are able to refresh the program and expand partnerships with metro Detroit community organizations.
Highlights include new images that better reflect the diversity of the museums collection and broad interests of communities. During the summer months, the DIA is partnering with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision to create an Inside|Out community garden exhibition. The exhibition illuminates a handful of Detroit community gardens and provide new programming opportunities within the intersection of gardening, nutrition and art. The DIA is also partnering with the Huron River Watershed Council to host an Inside|Out exhibition in the five Huron River Trail towns, an initiative to help develop an arts and culture component on the Huron riverfront.
The DIA encourages each community to plan activities centered around its Inside|Out works. Previous events have included bike and walking tours, bus tours, talks at local libraries, festivals and more.
More than 80 reproductions were done in 10 communities from April to July, and then in 10 other communities from August to October. Each community has from seven to 12 images clustered within walking or bike-riding distance. Exact locations are still being determined and, once finalized, will be featured on an interactive map on the DIAs website.