DIA’s Annual Community Group Art Exhibition is Now Online

See the work of about 80 local artists in the virtual showcase
Jimmie C. and Susan W. “Bears Path” is among the artworks featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Annual Community Group Art Exhibition. // Photograph courtesy of the DIA 

For the second year, the Detroit Institute of Arts is presenting its Annual Community Group Art Exhibition virtually. The showcase features more than 150 artworks made in 2021 by about 80 individual artists from the metro Detroit area. 

Presented in a video format on the DIA’s website and YouTube channel through Jan. 2, the online show includes photographs of drawings, mixed-media work, painted tiles, and more. Visitors can also view videos and hear audio clips in which the participating creatives speak about their pieces, motivations, and more. 

The museum’s Community Group Program — which has partnered with local service agencies for more than two decades to create safe spaces for creative expression — worked with seven tri-county community groups to put together the 2021 Annual Community Group Art Exhibition. Participating groups include CARE of Southeastern Michigan, Grace Centers of Hope, Hannan Center, Mariners Inn, SAGE of Metro Detroit, The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, and the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.  

“Working with community members to tell their stories through artmaking and watching them connect with parts of themselves in the artwork we share — it just doesn’t get better than that,” says Byron Nemela, DIA studio programs coordinator, in a press release.

Visit dia.org to view the exhibit.