Detroit Institute of Arts Board Chairman Gene Gargaro, left, and Oakland Community College Chancellor Peter Provenzano, right, unveil  one of three new pieces of reproduced artwork — “Portrait of Postman Roulin,” by Vincent van Gogh — outside the college’s Royal Oak campus Aug. 5.

Detroit Institute of Arts Board Chairman Gene Gargaro, left, and Oakland Community College Chancellor Peter Provenzano, right, unveil one of three new pieces of reproduced artwork — “Portrait of Postman Roulin,” by Vincent van Gogh — outside the college’s Royal Oak campus Aug. 5.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


DIA and Oakland Community College announce new partnership

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published August 13, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Institute of Arts and Oakland Community College recently announced a new partnership that will bring not only artwork to the college’s five campuses, but also new training opportunities for students and staff.

On Aug. 5, leaders of the two organizations signed a memo of understanding at the Royal Oak campus and unveiled the first three reproductions of artwork that can be found in the museum as part of the DIA’s Inside|Out program at the campus.

Each of the five campuses now display three pieces of artwork, for a total of 15, with all of the selected masterpieces curated to reflect the unique culture of each campus.

At the Royal Oak campus, the pieces include reproductions of “Portrait of Postman Roulin,” by Vincent van Gogh; “Movement #27,” by Ghanaian artist Kwesi Owusu-Ankomah; and “View of the Tier with the Castel Sant’Angelo,” by Italian artist Bernando Bellotto.

“This exciting new partnership provides us with additional opportunities to raise the awareness and importance of the arts in southern Oakland County with greater access to museum programs, enhance the DIA’s image as a family-friendly space and supports OCC’s vision to reinvigorate its campus in downtown Royal Oak as a center for arts in the region,” DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons said in a press release.

OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano said he was excited about the partnership, because both the DIA and OCC share a commitment to the community.

“We’ve got to move our (fine) arts (program) down to Royal Oak and build a brand-new culinary institute right along Main Street here, so you can see that will open up the arts to the public in a much grander way,” Provenzano said. “It made all the sense to partner with the DIA on the Inside|Out program.”

Provenzano added that the DIA will offer Visual Thinking Strategies training to students and staff. VTS is a teaching method that aims to improve critical thinking and language skills through discussions of visual images.

For more information about the DIA, visit www.dia.org or call (313) 833-7900.

For more information about Oakland Community College, visit www.oaklandcc.edu or call (248) 341-2000.

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