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Posted: 07/10/13

Starkweather, DIA team
up for gallery tours

Observer Staff Writer
      Residents can receive a two-for-one day of art with a free trip to two Detroit-area art centers.
       The Starkweather Arts Center and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will hold a free tour of both art centers for 55 local senior citizens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24.
       The free tours are provided by the DIA's Gallery to Gallery program, which gives residents an opportunity to visit their local galleries before taking a shuttle to visit the DIA.
       Kathryn Dimond, director of community relations for the DIA, said the program was brought on following the approval of the millage passed by the residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to support the museum.
       "The primary thing is having access to the museum," she said. "The idea is to expose those people in the community to the DIA, but also help expose them to the art center in their community."
       The program began with the Anton Arts Center in Mount Clemens, but has expanded to include other galleries like the Starkweather Arts Center in Romeo.
       Tracey Ladd, Starkweather director, said the program provides a way for people that normally may not have the chance to visit the DIA given its distance from the area.
       "With the way gas prices are, it's a great opportunity for people to have a nice, relaxing day," Ladd said. "Hopefully it'll be an event that people make new acquaintances, share their love for the arts and have a little fun."
       The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the Starkweather Arts Center for a tour of its galleries. At 11 a.m. participants will take a complimentary bus down to Detroit to visit the DIA.
       "They will be greeted by the group reservation staff and shown the layout of the museum," Dimond said. "We try to make them as comfortable as possible."
       The day ends at 2 p.m. with a return trip home to the Starkweather Arts Center. Allie Clayman, DIA community relations associate, said if the program is successful the DIA will hold another outing on Oct. 9 involving the Starkweather Arts Center.
       The first 55 participants aged 55 and older can sign up for the tour by July 16. Anyone interested is asked to make a RSVP. Group reservations do not require registration.
       To make a reservation, call (313) 833-7885.

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