Michigan native Andrew Whiteman recently assisted the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in a ballot initiative to provide funding. Andrew Whiteman volunteered for this effort during a summer break while attending Oberlin College in Ohio, majoring in biology and religion.
The DIA opened its doors in 1885 and has grown in several phases, including a renovation and expansion that ended in 2007. More than 100 galleries comprise the museum, in addition to a lecture hall, auditorium, and conservation facilities. Its multicultural collection has been ranked among the top six in the nation.
Special exhibitions for 2013-2014 include printmaking by Ellsworth Kelly, an animation festival, and an exploration of samurai culture. The DIA also sponsors a summer film series, featuring contemporary films such as The Hunt, Augustine, and Here and There. Animated films by modern masters appear on Saturdays.
Educational programs at the DIA take place in the Wayne and Joan Webber wing, which includes two art studios, a learning gallery, seminar room, and a classroom.
For more information visit the DIA website at www.dia.org/.