Celebrate Asian American heritage at the DIA
There is no denying the influence Asian cultures have had on the art world. You can see it in dance, music, film and more. That influence is on full display at the Detroit Institute of Art. For the month of May, they are showcasing the Asian American community in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Allegations of sexism, racism at Detroit Institute of Arts surface in new recordings
DETROIT – Officials with the Detroit Institute of Arts are vowing to make changes after newly-released recordings have captured what employees call a toxic work environment. The audio recordings are between two officials at the DIA and their attorneys -- tasked with investigating allegations of racism, sexism and retaliation against DIA director Salvador Salort-Pons. The recording were taking during an April board meeting with investigators detailing a toxic work environment -- particularly for women. The law firm found women were five times more likely to leave than men and the women who did stay were not valued as much as their male counterparts. In the months since, the DIA has taken important steps toward a workplace that fully embodies fairness, inclusion, consistency and respect.
Check out how the DIA is bringing art to your neighborhood
The DIA is working to make art more accessible by bringing it directly to your town. Garling said the program started in 2018 as another way for the DIA to help people have meaningful experiences with art. Their goal is to work with the community to create public art that reflects the interests and unique stories of each town. For this project, Garabedian was able to work with a Clawson high school art teacher, and even involved local students on the project. To hear more about the DIA’s mural projects, watch the video above.
The DIA opens exhibit celebrating el Día de Muertos
We are in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month and today artist Mario Mendez called joined Live In The D to talk about the DIA’s new exhibit, “Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2020”. An ofrenda is an alter covered in items relating to a person who has passed away, and serve as a way to honor them. Over time, they’ve developed influences from Aztec, Mayan, and Spanish cultures, and now even modern items are added to ofrendas. The exhibit is open until Nov 8., and visitors can visit in person, or through a 360 virtual exhibit at the DIA’s website. Mendez created an ofrenda for the exhibit dedicated to workers, especially in developing countries, who have died.
Warning: Italy's Mafias eye EU's billions in recovery funds
ROME Italys anti-Mafia investigators issued a warning Friday that mobsters will try to get some of hundreds of billions of euros in European Union recovery aid after the pandemic. Hundreds of billions (of euros) will pour into Europe and Italy, and at this point, the Mafia won't stand around and watch,'' Governale said. In past decades, Italy's several crime syndicates have often used intimidation or connivance or kickbacks to win public works contracts in the country. In particular the ndrangheta, considered Italys most powerful crime syndicate and a major criminal organization in much of Europe, is well positioned to go on a buying spree. The international economy will need liquidity, and in this, the ('ndrangheta) clans will go compete with the markets, needing substantial financial infusions, DIA's report said.
Time to enjoy the arts once again
Its time once again to experience one of the gems in Detroit that has been welcoming guests for years. After being closed for month, the Detroit Institute of Arts once again will welcome guests starting this Friday. Elliot Broom, Vice President of Museum Operations, joined host Tati Amare to talk about some of the changes the museum is making. Following the Governors direction, masks will he required for all visitors and staff while theyre inside the building, said Broom. To learn more about the changes the DIA has made, watch the video above.
DPSCD, DIA Launch 83rd annual DPSCD Student Exhibition virtually
DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) announced today, hundreds of students’ imaginative works will be showcased virtually through the 83rd Annual DPSCD Student Exhibition in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) from May 18 – June 26, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts exhibition, traditionally hosted in a DIA gallery, has launched through a video featuring the artwork of students in grades K-12, for the first time in history. “The Annual DPSCD Student Exhibition is a legacy that has lifted our students up and given them a voice. “Despite these uncertain times, we have worked together as we always have to uphold this tradition where Detroit students are recognized for their talents and pursuits. We look forward to the online display of this year’s creativity and invite the community to enjoy the work of these emerging artists.”The 83rd Annual DPSCD Student Exhibition is made possible with support from the Ruth T. T. Cattell Education Endowment Fund.
DIA offers online version of ‘Thursdays at the Museum’ amid closures
Published: May 14, 2020, 10:42 amDETROIT – The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has moved its “Thursdays at the Museum” program online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. MORE: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s where we stand as of Thursday morningThe art museum has been closed since March due to the state’s stay-at-home order. “Thursdays at the Museum” curates content for local residents who are 55-years-old and older. Interested individuals can experience the live program at 1 p.m. every Thursday on the museum’s website. MORE: Detroit Institute of Arts celebrates MuseumWeek’s theme of ‘togetherness’ with unity video
Detroit Institute of Arts celebrates MuseumWeek’s theme of ‘togetherness’ with unity video
DETROIT – Employees of The Detroit Institute of Arts released a video celebrating visitors of the museum. Employees who are working from home and on-site helped make the video. MuseumWeek is a cultural event featuring museum’s from more than 100 countries on social media. This year’s theme is “togetherness” and Wednesday’s hashtag is #togetherMW. Watch the video below:
All 3 counties approve Detroit Institute of Arts millage renewal
Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties voted to approve a millage renewal for the Detroit Institute of Arts on March 10, 2020. The renewal passed with overwhelming support in all three counties. The millage was first approved by voters in August 2012, which included a 0.2 millage (property tax) to fund the Detroit Institute of Arts. The DIA entered into service agreements with each county’s Art Authority to provide these benefits to county residents:Free unlimited general museum admissionDiscounted special exhibition ticketsFree school field trips with free bus transportationFree group visits for seniors on Thursdays, with exclusive programs, and free bus transportationExpanded teacher professional development programsCurriculum development with school systemsExpanded community partnershipsFind the latest election results and news here.
‘The DIA is an education leader’: Officials endorse Detroit Institute of Arts millage renewal
DETROIT – A 0.2 mil renewal request from the Detroit Institute of Arts will be on the March 2020 ballot for people who live in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Officials from those counties have announced their support for the millage renewal. Oakland County Executive David Coulter, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel have endorsed the renewal. “They have done an excellent job bringing artwork to Oakland County and facilitating more visits to the museum. “Thanks to this millage, the DIA provides Wayne County residents — including students and seniors — with free admission as well as free bus transportation for school groups.
Restoring a masterpiece: DIA taking steps to preserve canvas
DETROIT – This week at the Detroit Institute of Arts a masterpiece is getting ready for a big move. A decades-old canvas is showing signs of aging and needs special preparation. Watch the video above for an inside look at the intricate process.
Some voters will see millage renewal request from Detroit Institute of Arts on March 2020 ballot
DETROIT – A 0.2 mil renewal request from the Detroit Institute of Arts will be on the March 2020 ballot for people who live in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Back in 2012, with Detroit heading into bankruptcy within a year, the voters were asked for that millage. In return, voters were told it would be a one time ask and in return for passage residents in all three counties would be entitled to free admission to the museum. That is why, in a tactical move, the DIA will be asking for a 0.2 mil renewal before it runs out in the March 2020 primary election. So far, there has been no organized opposition to the millage request and the museum has built up considerable goodwill with the art authorities in all three counties.
Local 4 News at 4 -- Nov. 6, 2019
Heres whats coming up on Local 4 News at 4:DIA millageTheres little debate the DIA is one of the public treasures in the city of Detroit, but financial support for the museum has lead to some heated discussions. In 2012 the DIA campaigned for a millage and said that request for help would be the last -- but thats changed now.
Here's how you can meet your new best friend at the DIA!
This article is sponsored by the Mike Morse Law Firm. Make a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts this Sunday and you could wind up meeting a new best friend! The Michigan Humane Society is joining forces with the DIA for their "Meet Your Best Friend at the Museum" event. If you would like to adopt her, our partners at the Mike Morse Law Firm will cover her standard adoption fees. The Mike Morse Law Firm wants to help you if you need legal help.