An alumnus of Royal Oak High School in Michigan, Andrew Whiteman earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and religion at Oberlin College in Ohio. During the summer following his graduation, Andrew Whiteman returned to Michigan, where he volunteered to support a ballot initiative benefiting the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).
Established in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts has provided unique cultural and educational opportunities for the cuty. The museum’s extremely diverse collection features works from several countries, as well as graphic, contemporary, and Native American art. Additionally, the DIA offers a number of events, including music, film, workshops, and lecture series.
One of the Institute’s yearly features is the Concert of Colors, held each summer as a part of Detroit’s Annual Diversity Festival. The free event draws as many as 80,000 attendees, spanning five days and five separate venues. The concert showcases musicians from around the world, representing a variety of genres, such as Latin jazz, African beats, Cuban Son, and Celtic rock. In addition to showcasing international musical styles and performers, the Concert of Colors also features vendors of ethnic merchandise and cuisine.