DIA Inside-Out Program

Taylor is one of one of just 11 sites located throughout the metropolitan Detroit area that will display large outdoor reproductions of famous artwork as part of the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside-Out Program this spring (2017). The DIA installed more than 100 reproductions earlier this month, and they will remain on display through July. Inside-Out is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

Displays sites will be located in Taylor’s “Cultural Corridor”: Heritage Park, Taylor Community Library, Rosecrans Picture Perfect Studio, Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and Wayne County Community College’s Downriver Campus.

The popular program is returning for its eighth year. Over the past seven years, the museum has partnered with more than 100 communities and engaged tens of thousands of residents with art in places where they live, work and play. This year, the DIA will expand the number of installation sites from approximately 80 to 120 per three-month season, more than ever before.

“Art has the powerful ability to unify, and Inside-Out allows us to bring people together outside of the museum walls,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “We see ourselves as more than a museum; we use art to encourage connections and improve understanding among our diverse communities.”
New this year, the DIA is collaborating with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to include 10 reproductions of objects from their permanent collection.

Taylor is part of the group that will display artwork from the program from through July 16. A different set of Detroit-area communities, including neighboring Allen Park, will display works from the program from August through the end of October.

“This is yet another wonderful addition to our offerings at Heritage Park and along the ‘Taylor Cultural Corridor,’” Mayor Rick Sollars said. “With our endless amount of park visitors to places and events like our farmer’s market, summer festival, library, little leagues, concerts in the garden at the Conservatory, this program fits in very nicely. It adds a touch of class.”

DIA’s sponsor for this program, the Knight Foundation, is a national organization with strong local roots. It invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. The Knight Brothers followed in their newspaper father’s footsteps and, over time, created Knight-Ridder Newspapers, at one time the largest newspaper group in the nation. 

The foundation’s goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which it believes are essential for a healthy democracy. It began as the Knight Memorial Education Fund in 1940. In December 1950, Knight Foundation was created with $9,047 transferred from that education fund. Knight Foundation incorporated in Ohio with the goal of carrying out the work of the education fund and funded education, social services, cultural organizations and some journalism related causes. It had an endowment of $2.4B by 2014.

Inside-Out Program updates and commentary can be monitored on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dia.insideout. Downloadable maps for all locations of the program are available at dia.org/insideout and of the Taylor locations at www.cityoftaylor.com.

DIA Inside-Out Program

@ Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Violinst and Young Woman, by Edgar Degas
Movement No. 27, by Kwesi Owusu-Anjomah

@ Coan Lake Bridge
Bank of Olse, by Vincent Van Gogh

@ Caboose
Portrait of Mughal Prince, by Unknown Islamic Artist

@ Train Station
Flowers in a Glass Vase, by Rachel Ruysch

@ WCCCD Prechter Theater
Moonlit Landscape with a Windmill, by Aert Van Deer

@ Rosecrans Picture Perfect Studio
Sir William Brereton, by unknown English artist

@ Taylor Community Library
Ellen's Isle Loch Katrine, by Robert S. Duncanson

@ Taylor's Farmer's Market/Sheridan Pavilion
The Fruit Vendor, by Il Pensionante del Saraceni
The Communicant, by Gari Melchers