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Berkley to participate in Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published February 11, 2020

 Berkley will be participating in the DIA’s Inside|Out program, which will see art reproductions from the museum’s collection adorn locations throughout the city, similar to this piece placed in Clawson in 2017.

Berkley will be participating in the DIA’s Inside|Out program, which will see art reproductions from the museum’s collection adorn locations throughout the city, similar to this piece placed in Clawson in 2017.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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BERKLEY — This year, the city will be decorated with art, courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Berkley will be one of several communities participating in the DIA’s Inside|Out program, which brings art reproductions from the museum’s collection to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit.

Amanda Harrison Keighley, with the DIA, gave a presentation at the most recent City Council meeting Feb. 3 to discuss the program and what Berkley has to look forward to with its participation.

Keighley stated that there will be several pieces placed throughout the community. She recently went through Berkley to scout locations, with potential sites including parks, the Community Center and the library.

“These are all still pending approval right now, but we’re hoping to get artwork across the community with a mix of businesses and your public institutions,” she said.

Keighley noted that this is the first year the Inside|Out program is expanding, as usually they had five installations throughout Oakland County. For 2020, the DIA will have 11 installations in different communities around the county, including indoor installations.

The DIA also will be working with local gallery Articipate, which will be sending out a survey to gather from residents what types of art projects they would like to see in Berkley. After receiving resident feedback, Keighley said she could return to council to provide another update on potential art selections.

“That might be a mural adding to the beautiful collection I know you already have here in the community, or it could be a sculpture or some sort of public art that the DIA would work with Articipate to help facilitate that project after we get feedback from your community members,” she said.

Aside from Inside|Out, Berkley also was selected to be a part of the DIA’s Partners in Public Art program, which is funded through a millage passed by Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county voters in August 2012. Most cities through the program typically received a mural, though Keighley said a sculpture also is possible.

After the contracts are finalized, the DIA will begin work to get the art installed in Berkley in May. The reproductions will be up for several months before coming down in November.  

Councilman Ross Gavin told the Woodward Talk after the meeting that he was thrilled to see Berkley partner with the DIA.

“From parks to city buildings to local businesses, residents are really going to be able to enjoy famous works and just embrace the power of the arts,” he said. “I really believe that the program’s going to dovetail quite nicely with the burgeoning art vibe in the city of Berkley.”

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