The Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. With over 100 galleries, it covers with a major renovation and expansion project completed in 2007 that added. The DIA collection is regarded as among the top six museums in the United States with an encyclopedic collection which spans the globe from ancient Egyptian and European works to contemporary art. Its art collection is valued in billions of dollars, up to $8.1 billion according to a 2014 appraisal. The DIA campus is located in Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center Historic District, about two miles north of the downtown area, across from the Detroit Public Library near Wayne State University.
From the first van gogh painting to enter a u.s. Museum to diego rivera's world-renowned "detroit industry" murals, the dia provides one-of-a-kind access to history and cultures not found in books, on tv or on the internet. Visitors experience tours in the galleries, special exhibitions, live music, films, art-making and family programs. The dia is visitor focused and attracts nearly 700,000 people annually. In addition to the wide array of events that celebrate detroit's rich cultural heritage and comeback, the dia is committed to celebrating the arts throughout the region, most notably with the nationally acclaimed inside/out installations of high-quality reproductions placed in local communities. In 2015 the wall street journal called the dia "the world's most visitor friendly museum."
Stewardship, Care, Access and Preservation of the Collection$8.3m
The detroit institute of arts with a collection of over 62,000 artworks is among the top six encyclopedic museums in the united states. The museum serves a wide variety of audiences, celebrating the diversity and richness of art and culture from all times and places. Core to dia's stewardship activities is the long-term care and preservation of the collection for future generations. Dia provides one-of-a-kind access to real works of art through innovative gallery installations, world-class exhibitions, scholarship, interpretation and publications. In 2018 detroit free press quoted "the force will be strong with 'star wars and the 'play ball!: baseball at the dia' exhibitions, the museum is on a path toward increasing its reach and inclusivity."
The dia is a leader in education, providing free k-12 field trips to one of the nation's best art museums. The museum hosts more than 73,000 students annually. Students get a unique opportunity to see world renowned art work, history and culture not found in classrooms today. By integrating michigan's curriculum requirements, teachers have more opportunities to utilize the dia. Engagement strategies include critical thinking skills, hands-on activities, writing, role playing, dialogue and team building. A menu of 21 guided experiences help teachers determine which museum experience best reinforces curriculum learning outcomes. More than 1,300 teachers annually attend dia workshops that support core curriculum with strategies and resources that promote arts enrichment experiences for students.
As a top encyclopedic art museum in the u.s., the dia purchases significant objects intended to enhance the artistic quality of its collection and to be relevant in our communities, helping tell the stories of cultures from around the world. Acquisitions through purchases use restricted funds established through donations made to the museum from its founding to the present day and specifically designated for art purchases.
The dia acquires significant art objects through generous gifts to the museum from private donors.