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Belle Isle Inside Out 2013 at Softball Field. Work titled 'Asafo Flag', unknown artist

Belle Isle Inside Out 2013 at Softball Field. Work titled ‘Asafo Flag’, unknown artist

In 2010 the Detroit Institute of Art commemorated its 125th anniversary by printing reproductions of the most famous pieces in its collection — one of the world’s largest — and hanging them outdoor in public places. The program, titled “Inside Out,” has been so popular the DIA has done it each spring and summer since; last year the DIA scattered eight reproductions across Detroit’s Belle Isle.

This year the DIA wants to reach the program deeper in Detroit’s neighborhoods and communities and is seeking locations for Inside Out pop-ups, one to four-week installations. The DIA would like to hear from city representatives, downtown development authorities, festival organizers and arts organizations interested in participating, said Kathryn Dimond, DIA director of community relations. “We receive many requests from organizations and businesses that want to display the reproductions for a shorter period of time than three months,” said Dimond. “We want to accommodate their schedules so that Inside Out will engage even more people with art in settings that are familiar to them.”

Interested communities and organizations can submit an application at www.dia.org/get-involved/community-outreach.aspx.

Although all Michigan communities are welcome to apply, the installation fee for organizations/entities in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties will be waived, thanks to a 2012 millage passed in those counties. There is an installation fee for locations in other counties.

–Staff report

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