Residents may soon experience a healthy dose of culture as they walk the streets of downtown Ann Arbor this spring. This past Saturday, a public reception was held at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum to kick off Ann Arbor’s participation in the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out program, which temporarily peppers surrounding cities with full-sized, high-quality reproductions of masterpieces usually reserved for the walls of the DIA.
The purpose of the Inside|Out project is to bring beautiful and famous pieces of art to the people of local communities, who may or may not find the DIA normally accessible.
The DIA started the Inside|Out program four years ago and it is still going strong. Every year, right around the time Michigan weather decides to cooperate with its sun-starved residents, nearly 80 replicas of DIA masterpiece paintings are displayed throughout the parks and streets of metro Detroit. This year’s