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DIA’s Friends of African and African American Art celebrate 50 years

LEFT TO RIGHT: Honorable Charles W. Anderson III, Sharon Madison (event chair), Gail Ross, Rodney Howell, Laydell Wood Wyatt, Paralee Day and Dr. Robert E. L. Perkins. PHOTO COURTESY DIA

DETROIT — Friends of African and African American Art (FAAAA), an auxiliary group of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of events beginning Sept. 15, and culminating with its signature annual fundraiser, Bal Africain, on June 15, 2013.

On Sept. 15, FAAAA hosts “The Summer of ’62,” a tribute to the year FAAAA was established as The African Art Gallery Committee. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the DIA. There will be a strolling supper and dancing, and guests are encouraged to dress in 1962 “cocktail glamour.” Tickets are $150 each, with patron tickets at $500 for two people. Tickets can be purchased by calling 313.833.4005 or at Proceeds support FAAAA’s efforts on behalf of the DIA.

Sponsors of “The Summer of ‘62” are General Motors, DTE Energy Foundation, St. John Providence Health System, Health Alliance Plan and Blue Care Network. Media sponsor is WJBK FOX2.

Included during the yearlong anniversary celebration will be lectures on African American art, African art and art of the African Diaspora. Among the events planned, but not yet finalized, are tours of collectors’ homes and an art auction.

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