DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts presents its 10th annual Community Group Art Exhibition from Dec. 6, 2018, to Jan. 6, 2019, in the special exhibition galleries located next to Rivera Court, with a connected display in the Walter Gibbs Learning Center. The artworks were created by participants in the DIA’s Community Group Program, a partnership between the museum and human service agencies in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
The DIA’s Community Group Program has been serving social service agencies in the Detroit area for more than 20 years, providing meaningful experiences through art with gallery tours and hands-on art making. The program focuses on providing a safe, nurturing environment for creative expression and socialization, while building positive relationships within the community. The annual Community Group Art Exhibition provides a unique opportunity for group members to share their artistic work with both their peers and the public.
“The DIA is very interested in providing collaborative practices to use art as a healing tool, contributing to the important work done by these tri-county social services agencies,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “From veterans to grandparents, the participants in this program have created artworks, based on their personal experiences, which will resonate with all of our visitors, so we have moved this long-standing show to a more accessible location in the museum, underlining that the community is at the center of everything that we do.”
Groups in this year’s show are:
John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Piquette Square for Veterans
Sexual Assault Services for Holistic Healing and Awareness (SASHA)
Macomb County Community Mental Health (MCCMH)
CARE of Southeastern Michigan
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Grace Centers of Hope