The DIA partners with a wide range of regional non-profit organizations for our weekly programming in the museum. Enjoy the work of those partners online through video, slideshows, images and more – from dance and music to artist demonstrations and community art projects.

Concert of Colors is back next week!

The 29th Annual Concert of Colors returns Monday, August 2, with musical acts from around the world. Detroit Public TV-WTVS and WDET 101.9 FM will broadcast and stream headlining artists. Concert of Colors runs through August 9. Learn more >

Airport Inside|Out Installation extended

The DIA’s Inside|Out installation at Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s North Terminal has been extended through June 2022. The partnership kicked off in August of 2019 with the unveiling of 24 high-quality reproductions from the DIA’s collection placed throughout the terminal between Gates D7 and D26. 

The Art of Transformation: A Celebration of Creativity in Recovery

Mariners Inn, a human service agency and long-time DIA community partner that provides residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, counseling, housing, health services, and job placement, will commemorate residents’ recovery with the annual The Art of Transformation: A Celebration of Creativity in Recovery art exhibition. The Opening Reception takes place this Friday, July 16. Learn more on Facebook >

2021 Inside|Out Communities

The 2021 installation of the DIA’s popular Inside|Out program in communities across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties is almost complete! The high-quality reproductions of masterpieces in the museum’s collection will be on view in local communities until the fall. Maps of the locations are available on our website >

Last call for Ofrendas proposals  

The final weeks to submit a proposal for the DIA’s ninth consecutive “Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos” are here! Proposals are due by Friday, June 25 at 5 p.m. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of museum staff and local community members. Selected artists will be notified by Friday, July 2. Learn more > 

2021 Partners in Public Art Communities 

The DIA’s popular Partners in Public Art Program (PIPA) is continuing in 2021. Murals are coming to Wyandotte and 7 mile/Livernois in Wayne County; Rochester and Berkley in Oakland County; and Macomb Township and Utica in Macomb County. Projects are just starting but in the meantime, watch one of the highlights from last year’s PIPA program to see what is to come! Learn more > 

Sterling Heights PIPA Project Unveiling

The DIA and the city of Sterling Heights will unveil the newly installed Projects in Public Art (PIPA) mural at the Sterling Heights Police Station on Tuesday, June 1, at 6 p.m. Sterling Heights Police Department Officers worked with artist Nicole Macdonald to create a mural that represents officer families, service, honor, and dedication to the city of Sterling Heights. Learn more >

Final Week! DPSCD Student Exhibition 2021

This is the final week of the DIA’s 84th Annual Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition. Online for the second year in a row, it showcases hundreds of imaginative works created by DPSCD students and selected by a jury of DPSCD art educators and DIA staff. See the exhibition >

Edo Avant Garde conversation with Director 

Join the DIA’s Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures, the Friends of Detroit Film Theatre, and our partner, the Freer House at Wayne State University for free viewings of the new documentary Edo Avant Garde. Join us for a live discussion with the film’s director, Linda Hoaglund, and Dr. Yukio Lippit, Professor of Japanese Art at Harvard University. Learn more > 

Why We Drum: Great Lakes Taiko Center 

In celebration of this year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, view selections from Why We Drum [だから太鼓を叩く] performed by members of Raion Taiko and Godaiko Drummers ensembles at the 9th Annual Concert in 2019. A live taiko performance is experienced with the whole body, mind, and soul. Learn more >

Ofrendas Call for Proposals

The DIA has extended an open call for proposals of ofrenda altars or offerings honoring the life and memory of lost loved ones as part of a celebration of the traditions of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Submissions can be made until June 25. Learn more >

Canvas Pontiac 

Canvas Pontiac in partnership with the DIA and Main Street Pontiac have created the ultimate social distancing art experience. View art from 25 of 2019 Canvas Pontiac winners on eight foot by ten foot canvasses while getting in your steps. Learn more >

Art of Business Panel 

Revisit the museum’s Black History Month panel that celebrates local African American Entrepreneurs. The Art of Business is a discussion with local African American entrepreneurs on the process of following their passions and establishing a business in Southeast Michigan. Watch >

Jazztopad Festival

The DIA in partnership with the Friends of Polish Art and the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society will live stream a series of performances from the Jazztopad Festival in Wrocław, Poland. Check out the latest performance on April 17 at 2 p.m. featuring The Wojciech Jachna Squad. Learn more >

2021 Scholastic Art Awards

Join the College for Creative Studies as we celebrate the 2021 Southeastern Michigan Region Scholastic Art Award winners and their teachers from Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw & Wayne Counties. Watch >

Empty Bowls 2021 

The DIA has partnered with Empty Bowls Detroit annually since 2015 in providing handmade bowls created in the museum’s artmaking studio along with visitors and partners. This year bowls could not be painted in person so the museum got creative. Learn more >

Visions of American Life Opening Event 

The DIA’s traveling art exhibition Visions of American Life: Selections from the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection of American Art opens at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens this week. Saturday at 2 p.m., join DIA Curator of American Art Ben Colman on the Anton Arts Center’s Facebook page for a virtual gallery talk. Learn more >

Detroit City Dance Festival Submissions 

The DIA has been a proud partner and host of the Detroit City Dance Festival for the past five years. DCDF has issued a call for artists, both choreographers and dancers, for the 2021 festival. Early bird applications are due by March 26. Learn more >

Wind Down Wednesdays 

Join us each Wednesday in February at 6:30 p.m. for a celebration of Black Chefs and Mixologists. Each week local chefs prepare their favorite meal, and area mixologists blend their favorite complimentary cocktails – one aperitif and one long drink.The final Wind Down Wednesday event will feature a vegetarian dish created by Chef Ederique Goudia and cocktails created by Mixologist Randall Coats. Learn more >

Lake Orion PIPA Project

The DIA’s Partners-in-Public-Art (PIPA) project in Lake Orion is complete. Watch DIA staff-artists Ani Garabedian and Stephanie Sucaet-Felczak complete the overpainting of the mural. Designed by artist Nicole MacDonald, this artwork reflects the community’s love for its official mascot and its role as the host of the annual Dragon on the Lake Festival. Learn more > 

Inside|Out 2021

The Detroit Institute of Arts' Inside|Out returns for its twelfth year! This popular program brings high-quality reproductions from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit. The reproductions will be on view in 24 communities from May through October. Learn more >

Concert of Colors back on TV this week

When the 2020 Concert of Colors music festival was canceled due to the pandemic, organizers and partner institutions developed a creative solution, transforming the Detroit Film Theatre into a sound stage and filming live performances by headline artists and broadcasting on WTVS, Detroit Public Radio. Now you can catch the re-broadcast of The Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue tribute to John Lee Hooker on WTVS on Friday. Learn more >

Last Week! 12th Annual Community Group Art Exhibition

The DIA’s 12th Annual Community Group Exhibition is officially open and is being held virtually for the first time this year. This year’s show features work from 100 artists. The special virtual display also features a video allowing the participants and program coordinators to discuss their artwork. Visit the exhibition now >

Macomb Community College

The DIA and Macomb Community College partnership creates education opportunities and art-focused events for students, professional development for faculty and staff, initiatives to build awareness of the DIA and Macomb County partnership and extends high-quality art offerings to the community. Earlier this month Director Salvador Salort-Pons and Macomb President Jim Sawyer met virtually to confirm the partnership. Watch >

Picturing Opera

The DIA recently partnered with the Oakland County Parks to offer a special virtual program combining music and art in the DIA’s collection. The Michigan Opera Theatre paired DIA artwork with classic operas to create Picturing Opera, a blend of music and art. If you did not catch the program live now you can still catch it for a short time! Watch >

JCC Book Fair 

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) Book Fair Talk with author Blake Gopnik and DIA Curator of Prints and Drawings Clare Rogan is tonight! The virtual event will feature a discussion about Gopnik's biography of Andy Warhol and a look at rarely seen images from the DIA's collection. Learn more >

Grandparents Day - Call for Stories

In celebration of Grandparents Day 2021, the Detroit Institute of Arts invites six tri-county residents to share 5-minute self-recorded stories on the experience of grandparenting. Three selected stories from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties will be presented in July and August as a lead-in to Grandparents Day 2021. Learn more >

Little Red Riding Hood - extended! 

The virtual restaging of the DIA’s successful live production of Little Red Riding Hood can be viewed online for one more week! The performance presented in partnership with Oakland Community College explores the familiar story through a new lens with Eisenhower Dance Detroit and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. Click the link to register for free and watch through November 21. Learn more >

Art and Meditation Virtual Workshop

On Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. join a live guided mindfulness workshop where you will experience a new way to interact with art that can be both a personal wellness practice and a source for creative inspiration. The workshop, presented with The Anton Art Center, will examine their virtual exhibition “Conversations with our Mentor” that features artwork by artists Linda Allen, Nanci LaBret Einstein, Christina Haylett, Claudia Hershman, and their mentor, Charles McGee. Learn more >

Lake Orion PIPA Mural Update 

DIA studio artists Stephanie Sucaet-Felczak and Ani Garabedian have completed the massive task of underpainting the DIA’s Partners in Public Art (PIPA) mural in Lake Orion. Check out this short video to see the process and the gorgeous results. The mural is expected to be completed by the end of this year, weather permitting. Watch >

Black History Month Call for Participants  

The DIA’s Black History Month 2021 Programming is going virtual! New this year is a celebration of local black talent in the areas of food, drink, and visual arts through online demonstrations. The museum is calling on creative local chefs, mixologists, and artists to show their talents and creative process with museum visitors during virtual Black History Month events. Learn more >

Little Red Riding Hood Online

On October 24, enjoy a virtual restaging of the DIA’s successful live production of Little Red Riding Hood presented in partnership with Oakland Community College. Viewers will explore familiar stories through a new lens with Eisenhower Dance and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. Learn more >

Michigan Air Line Trail Inside|Out Tour  

On Tuesday, October 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. the Michigan Air Line Trail will hold a live virtual tour on Microsoft Teams of four Inside|Out pieces along the trail. Stops include the cities of Wixom, Commerce, and Walled Lake. Learn more >

Eastpointe Community Mural Unveiling

The DIA’s Partners in Public Art Project (PIPA) in Eastpointe is complete! On Saturday, October 17, an in-person unveiling event will celebrate this partnership and the completed project. Social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced. Learn more >

Lake Orion PIPA Project

The DIA’s Lake Orion Partners in Public Art (PIPA) project is officially taking shape! This mural is a partnership between the Village of Lake Orion, their Downtown Development Authority, Orion Art Center, and J.S. Capitol Group. To see photos of the progress and learn more about the project click here >

Community Ofrenda Call for Participation 

The DIA’s annual community exhibition, Ofrendas: Celebrating el Dia de Muertos will feature a community ofrenda this year, a shared space to honor the memories of loved ones—friends, family, neighbors—who have passed away. Is there someone you would like to honor? Share a photo on social media using the hashtag #DIAOfrendas2020 and include the names of your lost loved ones and the years they lived.  Learn more >

Detroit Dance City

Detroit Dance City Festival is a five-day international festival full of performance, networking, classes and more that will give participants, dancers and non-dancers alike, a further connection to dance and the city of Detroit. The DIA has hosted DDCF for the past four years is proud to partner with ArtLab J to organize this year’s virtual edition. Learn more >

Behind the Zine Part 4

Detroit Institute of Arts, in partnership with Inside|Out Literary Arts, will host the final session of a four-workshop series on creating zines with Detroit-based comic book artist Matthew Thornton. This week participants will learn how to reproduce the zine, and how it can impact and contribute to the community. Learn more > 

Inside|Out 2021 Call for Participation 

The DIA’s popular Inside|Out program is searching for communities, downtown development authorities and arts organizations in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties interested in hosting the program in 2021. Participating communities will enjoy a May through October installation of six to ten reproductions of DIA masterpieces. Learn more >

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival​

The popular event that traditionally stops at the DIA every June will be presented August 26-30 as a virtual Festival, with five days of extraordinary music and artist conversations. Eight virtual concerts are scheduled, plus a live, ticketed outdoor performance at Cranbrook of Sila: The Breath of the World by John Luther Adams on August 29. See the complete 2020 Festival schedule here. Learn more >

Rescheduled: Behind the Zine with Matthew Thornton part III

This Wednesday, the Detroit Institute of Arts, in partnership with Inside|Out Literary Arts, will host a free, four-workshop series called “Behind the Zine” with Detroit-based comic book artist Matthew Thornton. Week 3 participants will get tips on how to design and layout a zine. Learn more >

Detroit Cultural Center reopening

Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center is back open. Culture can’t wait, and with a variety of museums and cultural centers back open, you don’t have to wait for culture either. Watch the link provided to see what the DIA and other institutions have to offer. Watch >

DIA Inside|Out Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

Over the past decade, the Inside|Out program has brought high-quality reproductions to communities throughout the tri-county area. By safely social distancing, you can see some of the DIA’s most popular paintings in your own community now until November. To prepare you for a day of art in the park, watch Director Salvador Salort-Pons and many others discuss some of the artworks featured at the ceremony. Watch >

CARE Program Online 

Last month the DIA’s studio staff piloted its first “Community Group Program: Online Live Class” with its community partner Care of Southeast Michigan. The museum’s Community Group Program has been providing hands-on art-making and gallery tours to tri-county human service agencies for over 25 years. Learn more >

Inside|Out 2020Madison Heights Inside|Out Ribbon Cutting

The DIA is partnering with communities across Metro-Detroit to offer virtual ribbon cutting events around the Inside|Out installations. July 13 at 6 p.m. the City of Madison Heights will celebrate its installation with local "tour guides" talking about each piece and why they love them! Please join us on Facebook > 

The DIA’s popular Inside|Out program is back again this summer and being installed in 25 tri-county communities. Installation will be completed this week and will offer local communities a way to experience high-quality reproductions from the DIA in an outdoor setting. Click the link to see this year’s locations and maps. Learn more >

Motown Sound

The Detroit Institute of Arts partnered with the Oakland County Parks to offer a special virtual program for adults 55 and up. Drummer / Percussionist / Songwriter Drew Schultz will lead an educational presentation on the evolution of the "Motown Sound." This presentation “draws the curtain back" on arrangement, performance, songwriting, and production styles of the Motown record label. Learn more >

Canvas Pontiac

Canvas Pontiac, with support from the DIA, is asking for art submissions for the 8th annual Canvas Pontiac outdoor art exhibition. Artists’ work will be displayed throughout downtown Pontiac to highlight arts and culture in the city. Learn more >

CARE of Southeast Michigan Community Group Program

The DIA’s studio staff is piloting the first online version of the Community Group Program, which has been providing hands-on artmaking and gallery tours to tri-county human service agencies for over 25 years. This live class with community partner Care of Southeast Michigan will be held June 18 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Learn more >

Bubble Magic

Join the Anton Art Center’s virtual Super SatARTday event on June 13 for a special presentation of Bubble Magic sponsored by the DIA. First gaining fame on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, Tom Noddy’s bubble magic show continues to entertain audiences with a mix of science, humor and fun. Learn more >

Video Chat with Author/Illustrator Jeffrey Brown

Tomorrow, in partnership with local libraries, the DIA presents cartoonist and New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Brown for a special online event. Brown will answer questions, draw for the audience, and offer a peek at his book-writing process, including his new series, Space-Time. Learn more >

Macomb County Secondary Student Show 

For more than 25 years the DIA’s friends at the Anton Art Center have hosted a student art show to highlight the great talents of student artists in Macomb County. This year since the exhibition could not be held in person, they presented it virtually. Check out their virtual show here > 

Celebrate APAHM on Facebook

We encourage you to join us Saturday May 30 on Facebook to explore our online collection of Asian Arts as well as enjoy videos looking back at past events to celebrate the end of American Pacific American Heritage Month. Kresge Eminent Artist Marie Woo is highlighted. Follow us on Facebook so you won't miss it >

Detroit Composers Project

During this time at home enjoy the DIA Sound Archive, a new collection featuring recordings of past Friday Night Live performances. This week we share works written and presented by the Detroit Composers project for their first visit to DIA’s Rivera Court on Sept. 9, 2018. The Detroit Composers’ Project was started to facilitate collaborations between young composers and instrumentalists. The inaugural call for composers received over 20 applications from talented composers currently living and writing in Michigan. Listen >

A (Virtual) Soldier’s Tale

A March performance at the DIA of Igor Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, with Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and Eisenhower Dance Detroit, was one of the first programs to be canceled because of the pandemic. In a new collaboration, the artists experimented with a production performed from their own homes using digital technology until they can perform together live next season. Watch >

Hannan Center 

The DIA’s Partners in Public Art program (PIPA) has worked with many local communities to create public art projects reflective of the residents that live and work there. The DIA works with the communities to document the creation and installation of the PIPA projects. Check out a unique drone video to see the installation process of a sculpture on the outside of the Hannan Center in Detroit. Learn more >

Louder than a Bomb: Youth Poetry Festival

Inside Out Literary Arts Project, a long-time partner of the DIA, hosts its annual youth poetry festival April 30 to May 7, inviting all Michigan teens to participate in their virtual festival, Essential Words: LTAB 2020. The free festival includes workshops, open mics, performances and a QuaranTEEN Prom and is open to all writers ages 13-19 using Google Hangouts Meet and Instagram. Learn more >

Contemporary Detroit Artists Coloring Book 

Phillip Simpson, a local artist and DIA Community Partner with the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance mural project, created his Smile Coloring Book as a tribute to Detroit artists. The book includes 25 artists, some of whom were featured in the DIA’s recent Detroit Collects exhibition, and is available to download for free. Get the book here >

Japanese Girls Day

Every year the DIA honors the culture of Japan with a celebration of Japanese Girl’s Day—Hinamatsuri. Japan Cultural Development created a video to highlight the 2020 celebration including demonstrations by the Japan Society of Detroit’s Women’s Club. To watch check out the playlist on YouTube. Watch now >

Clarkston PIPA Project

The DIA’s Partners in Public Arts (PIPA) program works with communities in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to co-create community-driven, highly visible public works of art. We’re currently planning three more PIPA projects in 2020. Visit the DIA’s YouTube page to see the creation of the 2018 Clarkston mural project from start to finish. Watch now >

Jewish Community Center Book Fair

Join the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. for a special live, online event with celebrated cartoonist and author Ben Katchor. The live event will give viewers a look at his newest project and how it all comes together. Katchor’s drawings have been featured in The New Yorker, The Forward and many other major newspapers across the country. Learn more >

Mount Clemens Art City

The DIA recently partnered with Mount Clemens in Macomb County for a special program called “Art City." Take a look at the official unveiling event and hear about a few of the pieces from DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons. Watch now >

A Soldier's Tale

The previously scheduled Friday Night Live! collaboration between Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and Eisenhower Dance Detroit was a presentation of Igor Stravinsky’s classic L’Histoire du Soldat for chamber music ensemble, dance and narration. A Soldier’s Tale is a parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for a book revealing future events leading to a life of wealth and luxury. Check out Eisenhower Dance Detroit to see some snippets from a rehearsal. Watch now >