St. Clair Shores
DIA Inside|Out to return to SCS this summer
Posted March 22, 2017
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Summertime in the city will be a bit more colorful this year when the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out installation returns to St. Clair Shores.
St. Clair Shores participated in Inside|Out in 2010, 2012 and 2014. This year, the Cool City Committee applied for the outdoor art installation again, and the DIA agreed it would be a good fit.
“We see eagerness from community partners to bring back Inside|Out after participating as a strong indicator of the program’s success,” said Jillian Reese, community relations program manager for the DIA, in an email interview. “Often when we return, the community comes up with new and creative programs and installation sites.”
She said the Cool City Committee’s application indicated that it was trying to give more visibility to the committee’s activities, enhance public art access in St. Clair Shores and install art in some locations that hadn’t been included in the past.
“It’s a great program,” said Assistant City Manager Bill Gambill, the liaison to the Cool City Committee. He said it’s a great opportunity for St. Clair Shores residents to “have this cultural experience outside the museum.”
The committee will work with the DIA and the Parks and Recreation Department to determine locations for the 2017 installation.
This is the eighth year that the DIA has brought high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from its collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit with support from the Knight Foundation.
“Inside|Out offers residents a chance to learn more about their community, have access to public art, connect with the DIA’s world-class collection, and encourage people to get out and about throughout the summer,” Reese said.
Gambill said they may try to host a bike tour through the Cool City Committee once the art is installed.
The installation will be put in place July 24 and stay up until Oct. 31. Reese said they have identified a number of new and old installation sites with the help of Cool City Committee member Joe Fresard, but the actual sites will be kept secret until installation day.
Fresard said that they also don’t know what artwork will be reproduced for the city this year. Reese said that this year’s installations across metro Detroit will include work from the collection of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for the first time.
“The Cool City Committee is excited to bring this great program to the Shores,” Fresard said in an email interview. “We hope this will give our residents a chance to appreciate and learn more about some of the DIA’s many wonderful offerings.”
The artwork will be installed at no cost to the city, Gambill said.
About the author
Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske covers St. Clair Shores and the Lake Shore, Lakeview and South Lake public schools for the Sentinel. Kristyne has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2004 and attended Michigan State University and Chippewa Valley High School.
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