Tuesday, August 7, 2012

FREE Admission to Detroit Institute of Arts for Ford Free Sunday 8/12

Ford Motor Company Fund sponsors FREE Admission to Detroit Institute of Arts on second Sunday of the Month

Admission to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is FREE  on Ford Free Sundays—the second Sunday of each month thanks to a sponsorship by Ford Motor Company Fund.

“We are delighted that Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring admission for one Sunday each month,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “Sundays are one of our most popular days and are programmed with families in mind. Thanks to Ford’s generosity, more people will be able to enjoy the variety of activities the museum offers.”

Sundays are Family Sundays at the DIA, and programs include drop-in art-making activities, drawing in the galleries (supplies provided), tours, storytelling, puppet shows and other family performances. The programs are free with museum admission, so Ford Free Sundays are an additional bargain. Exhibitions and programs that have a ticket price are not included.

“We are pleased to sponsor Ford Free Sundays as an opportunity for all to enjoy the world-renowned art and diverse activities offered by the DIA,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Community engagement is our focus at Ford Fund, and this is a great opportunity for the entire community to come together.”

The next  Ford Free Sunday is August 12th, 2012.

Artist Demonstration: Jon Brumit’s Radio Workshop (ages 7 and up with an adult): Noon–4 p.m.
Jon Brumit discusses his work as a public artist and events curator from noon to 1 p.m., then from 1 to 4 p.m. demonstrates how to build a radio. Participants can use their newly built radio to play 10-minute DJ sets for museum visitors before they take them home.

Sunday Music Bar: The Johnny O’Neal Trio: 1 & 3 p.m.
Native Detroiter Johnny O’Neal is a jazz pianist with a wide range of repertoire and musical experience. He was chosen to play Art Tatum in the Ray Charles bio-pic Ray. Johnny is joined by two other Detroit superstars, Marion Hayden on bass and Sean Dobbins on drums.

Picasso and Matisse: The DIA's Prints and Drawings - Through January 6, 2013.  This exhibition features almost all of the works by Picasso and Matisse in the museum's prints and drawings collections, showcasing their revolutionary achievements that defined much of 20th-century art. Schwartz Gallery of Prints and Drawings.

Vermeer: Must-see Masterpiece - Through September 2, 2012 Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience one of Johannes Vermeer's thirty-five known works, on view for five weeks only at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Dutch Golden Age Galleries.

Five Spanish Masterpieces - Through August 19, 2012 When the DIA's Melancholy Woman by Pablo Picasso returns this summer after having been on loan to several prestigious museums over the past two years, it will bring with it other masterworks by Spain's most important artists. Special Exhibition Central.

Patti Smith: Camera Solo - Through September 2, 2012  This is the first American museum exhibition to focus on the photography of artist, poet, and performer Patti Smith. Smith's photographs are infused with personal meaning and highlight the rich relationships between art, architecture, poetry, and the everyday. Albert and Peggy de Salle Gallery of Photography.

Museum hours for Sundays are 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202

UPDATE: Due to the millage being passed in the Tuesday, August 7th primary election voting, admission to the DIA is now FREE everyday for residents in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.  But Ford FREE Sundays are still FREE for everyone, regardless of where you live.


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