East Area Family Practice Clinic employee Dayna VanAntwerp checks out DIA Away in Roseville Feb. 6.

East Area Family Practice Clinic employee Dayna VanAntwerp checks out DIA Away in Roseville Feb. 6.

Photo by Deb Jacques

DIA Away visits Roseville, St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published February 9, 2018

Photo by Deb Jacques

UPDATE: The Feb. 15-16 event in St. Clair Shores has been CANCELLED. It will be rescheduled for another date in the spring. Check back for updates.

ROSEVILLE/ST. CLAIR SHORES — While admission is free to residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, not everyone has time to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Enter DIA Away.

DIA Away is a fully furnished, 53-foot double expandable trailer that invites visitors to discover some of the ways artists think, see some of what is available at the DIA, and then experience the creative process with hands-on and digital stations.

DIA Away is paid for through the millage supporting the museum that passed in 2012, according to Catherine Peet, a studio assistant at the DIA. She was at DIA Away in Roseville Feb. 6 showing visitors how to use the interactive stations, which included tablets where visitors could edit photos, a video recording studio and magnetic word art. 

DIA Away began in 2014, according to Pam Marcil, director of public relations for the museum.

“The impetus for it was to serve people who were too far away to make field trips,” she said. The trailer goes to schools, senior groups, festivals and other locations. “It’s to try to get people to understand the artistic process.”

Peet said that so many people don’t know everything the DIA has to offer aside from great art: concerts, workshops and more. 

“We want people to come down,” she said. 

Along with its stop in Roseville, DIA Away is coming to Beaumont Family Medicine Center, 21400 E. 11 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16. 

DIA Away makes more than 100 appearances each year at schools and public events. 

“It’s all about thinking like an artist, outside the box,” Peet said. “People can think outside and be creative (while checking out a) sampling of what we have at the DIA.”

Visitors can email what they create on the tablets or in the video booth to themselves, as well. 

“Families love it. They often (want something) to do together,” said studio assistant Jana Bergemann. “I think it’s perfect for families.”

There’s something for every age group, she said, from magnet boards where children can create their own vehicles out of different objects to Plexiglas frames where they can create a multilayered image.

“We’re here to encourage people to be creative,” Peet said. 

“A lot of people get an idea of the museum, what kind of exhibits we have, and they’re coming to the museum,” Bergemann said. 

To learn more, visit DIA.org. To request DIA Away for an event, email DIAAway@DIA.org at least six months in advance.