Detroit Institute of Arts

DIA invites families explore Black History Month

Black History Month comes alive at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) with family performances, storytelling, live music, movies and more. The exhibitions “Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries” and “An Intuitive Eye: André Kertész Photographs, 1914–1969” are on view.


Detroit Institute of ArtsPrograms are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information call (313) 833-7900 or visit

Upcoming Events

Fridays, February 11, 18 and 25, 6–9 p.m. – Miniature Paper Masks: Create a miniature mask using tagboard paper, markers and a variety of art-making materials, then learn how masks are used in different cultures.

Saturdays, February  12, 19 and 26, Noon–4 p.m. – Mosaics: A mosaic is a picture or decoration made of small pieces of stone, glass or other materials.  Make a simple mosaic using a wide variety of materials.

Sundays, February  13, 20 and 27, Noon–4 p.m. – Senufo Painting: Explore this West African form of painting on fabric using markers and muslin, a loosely woven cotton fabric. BHM program.

Sunday, February 13, 1-3 p.m., Class: Memory Boxes: (ages 5–8 with an adult)
Do you have mementos or treasures that need a home? If so, this is the class for you. Children and adults can decorate together or individually their choice of a large or small box to hold those treasured memories. Boxes are available for pick up one week after class. Members $24, non-members $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Sunday, February 13, 2 p.m., Storytelling: Ivory Williams
Ivory D. Williams, president of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, presents highly interactive and entertaining stories designed for both youth and adults.

Sunday, Febrary 20, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Brunch with Bach: Jade Simmons
Known for her musical creativity and electrifying stage presence, Jade Simmons is committed to expanding the boundaries of classical music. She will perform variations from her new recording, Spice. Tickets: 11 a.m., Continental breakfast and concert, $20; 1:30, brunch and concert, $35; concert only, $15. Call 313-833-4005.

Sunday, February 20, 2 p.m., A World of Music and Stories
Audrey and Bob Allison will present an upbeat program that includes humorous interactive stories, audience participation, hands-on fun, beautiful music and musical instruments from all over the world.

Sunday, February 27, 2 p.m., Family Performance: Paul Mesner Puppets Presents “Anansi the Spider”
“Anansi the Spider” is a live telling of four classic folk tales from Africa and the Caribbean performed by Paul Mesner Puppets. These humorous stories feature a trickster spider that sometimes gets tricked himself. In “How the Stories came to the World,” “Tiger Becomes a Riding Horse,” “The Magic of Five,” and “Dinner for Two” “Anansi the Spider” offers universal lessons of wit and cleverness.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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