Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Partners with City of Ann Arbor, DIA to Offer Inside|Out Art Tours


The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is collaborating with the City of Ann Arbor’s Public Art Commission and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to bring art to the community.  As a participant in the DIA’s “Inside|Out” program, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will host a docent from the University of Michigan School of Natural History who will lead tours of art installations in Ann Arbor from April 27 through June. 

Every Saturday and Sunday, walking art tours will depart the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum every half hour beginning at noon, with the last tour leaving at 2:30pm.  Each 30-minute tour will cover a different selection of artworks from the Inside|Out program, and will also highlight other examples of public art found along the route.  Tours are free and open to the public.

“This partnership with the City of Ann Arbor is an exciting opportunity to extend the ‘art’ in our science, technology, engineering, art and math-focused mission to the community,” said Mel Drumm, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum executive director.  “Acting as home base for the walking tours around the city is a great way to make art easily accessible for Museum guests, and, at the same time, engage those interested in art in our mission.”

Works included on the tour are from a range of artists.  Frederic Church, Henri Matisse, Gerome Kamrowski and Artemisia Gentileschi are just a few of the artists featured on the Inside|Out tour.  A map of the artwork throughout Ann Arbor is available online.

Inside|Out will kick off with a sneak peek preview and public reception on April 13 at noon at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.  Drumm, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, Bob Miller, chair of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, and John Kotarski of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission will make brief remarks before leading a tour. 

The DIA is kicking off Inside|Out in Ann Arbor with a special weekend, April 20-21.  The Ann Arbor Community Weekend at the DIA offers city residents free admission to the DIA. The DIA will also offer performances and exhibitions by Ann Arbor artists that weekend.   

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