The Detroit Institute of Arts has selected Berkley and Huntington Woods among the 25 Metro area communities that will feature Inside|Out outdoor art installations this spring and summer.
"Now in its fourth year, Inside|Out brings reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to the streets of metro Detroit," a DIA press release said. "Inside|Out aims to connect with audiences outside the museum walls in places where they live, work and play."
Berkley and Huntington Woods will host Inside|Out summer installations from July until August (see below for a complete list of participating communities); which artworks the cities will host has yet to be determined.
Huntington Woods Public Library Director Anne Hage, who applied for the program on behalf of the city, said the DIA will review the following proposed installation sites Feb. 14.
- Rackham Golf Course
- Central Plaza (possibly on the library)
- Gordon L. Hassig Senior Park
- Scotia Park
- Mary Kay Davis Park (or another park or location closer to Woodward Avenue)
"I found out that Berkley and Pleasant Ridge were applying and I thought that would be kind of cool with all three of us doing it," Hage said.
Berkley City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa could not be reached for comment on the city's participation in the program.
But, Pleasant Ridge Assistant Recreation Director Bridget Brown said Friday the city hopes to conduct an Inside|Out trolley tour, possibly incorporating Berkley and Huntington Woods. A bike tour of installations in the three cities is another possibility, she said.
New this year, residents of participating Inside|Out communities are invited to visit the museum for free on a so-called "community weekend," during which they will receive free admission, as well as a 10 percent discount in the Cafe DIA and museum shop, $1 off Detroit Film Theatre tickets and free admission to showings of the DFT 101 film series. Berkley and Huntington Woods' community weekend dates have yet to be determined.
The Inside|Out program is funded through a partnership with the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, one of whose goals is to foster the arts.
"Obviously, I'm excited as a resident of Huntington Woods," DIA Community Outreach Coordinator Joan Walton said Friday. "It's going to be a beautiful installation and I think our community is really going to embrace it."
2013 Inside|Out lineup
Spring (April - June)
- Ann Arbor
- Dearborn Heights
- Hazel Park
- New Baltimore
- Redford Township
- Rochester Hills
- Southwest Detroit
- Walled Lake
- Detroit (Belle Isle, Indian Village and surrounding area)
- Huntington Woods
- Lincoln Park
- Pleasant Ridge
- Shelby Township
- Sterling Heights