March 12, 2014: The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has
partnered with Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ)
and the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC) on a
pilot tour for students studying humans’ relationship with the
environment and natural resources through art. The tour is a
prototype and the museum hopes to offer it as part of a school
field trip experience next year.
In January, students from Samuel Gompers Elementary-Middle
School and the Detroit Institute of Technology College Prep High
School at Cody took a tour of environmentally themed artworks at
the DIA. Teachers then met with their students to discuss the
artworks and how they relate to environmental issues. Every
Thursday in March the students create art in the DIA’s studio,
inspired by their tours and discussions. Their works will be
displayed with the 77th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student
Exhibition, which opens April 12.
DIA education staff consulted the Wayne County Regional
Educational Service Agency to ensure the program aligned with
Michigan state curriculum standards. For the tour they chose
works from the collection that allowed for discussion about the
relationship between the land, water, atmosphere and humans,
which included landscapes from the American collection, textiles
from the Native American collection, and sculpture from the
contemporary collection, among others.
Media is invited to attend the students’ studio sessions
Thursdays in March from 10 a.m. to noon. Please contact Larisa
DWEJ is a Detroit-based non-profit organization dedicated to
improving the environmental and economic health of the community
and is the oldest urban environmental justice organization in
Michigan. DWEJ champions local and national collaboration to
advance environmental justice and sustainable redevelopment. It
aims to foster clean, healthy and safe communities through
innovative policy, education and workforce initiatives.
In 2011 DWEJ convened several key stakeholders from diverse
backgrounds including environmental, government, science,
academic, health, business and others, to form the DCAC. The
DCAC was established to help Detroit identify short and long
term actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide expert
advice on the most credible, aggressive and economically viable
targets, develop a comprehensive climate action plan and ready
Detroiters for coping with the impacts of climate change.
Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10
p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General
admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne,
Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all
others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages
6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.