The Summer Trip to the DIA

As fall arrives and we prepare to close down the garden for the season, I look back over the summer and reflect on the experiences the young members of “Nolan’s Fierce Gardeners” have had as a result of their involvement in the Planting the Seeds Garden. This summer included not only experiences in the garden planting seeds of knowledge about nutrition and the value of healthy eating and exercise but also a trip on Saturday, August 4th to the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) and the main branch of the Detroit Public Library planting seeds of knowledge and culture in their brains.

Back in April, first reported in the blog “It’s Not All About Playing In The Dirt!”, our kids were involved with the “REVEAL YOUR DETROIT” project that was funded by the Knight Foundation and initiated through the DIA. REVEAL YOUR DETROIT is a unique community photography project that was inspired by the DIA’s Detroit Revealed exhibit. Detroit Revealed was a photo exhibit where contemporary artists presented photographs and videos inspired by Detroit, its people, culture, and industries in work created between the years 2000 and 2010. The DIA provided, not just our kids with a camera for two weeks to take pictures of their environment and the things important in their worlds, but worked with approximately 55 of Detroit’s community-based organizations and hundreds of Detroit residents to share their perspectives of the city.

The trip to the library was their opportunity to view their photos in an exhibit mounted by the DIA. It was very exciting watching them as their photos popped up on the electronic frames set up for the exhibit. They got a chance to see how passionate people are about the city and share it with their friends and parents before the exhibit closed on August 15rh. Following this experience we crossed Woodward Avenue to tour several of the galleries at the DIA.

The visit to the DIA, was for some, their first time being there and what a breathtaking experience it was. You should have seen their faces as they walked on the marbled floors and were just swept away by the beauty and grandeur of the classic artworks. They had a chance to see the Picasso and Matisse exhibition as well as the exhibition of the Five Spanish Masterpieces. The kids had an amazing time playing “I Spy” and identifying several works of art. I knew the trip was a success when there were many expressions of “Do we have to leave already” when I announced it was time to go. That was music to my ears and confirmation that what we do through BE Culturally Exposed is worthwhile and is working!!!

Bonnie Odom-Brown


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