The beautification of Northville Township got a boost from Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet when the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) chose Northville Township for the first time ever to host its coveted Inside|Out art program.

Four full-sized framed high-quality reproductions from the DIA’s permanent collection were installed outdoors May 22 at venues throughout Northville Township. A fifth painting was erected earlier in May at the Northville Community Center, home to Northville Senior Services, in the City of Northville.

Now in its 15th year, the Inside|Out program brings high-quality reproductions of artworks from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to create unique opportunities for residents to discover art.

“This special program is all about making art accessible for tri-county residents,” said Julie McFarland, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Engagement at the DIA. “We’re thrilled to bring Inside|Out to Northville Township and invite residents to explore, discover and appreciate the beauty of these artworks in their own backyard.”

Northville Township Executive Administrator Sheila A. Weber, an art lover, has petitioned the DIA for three years to host Inside|Out.

“This program not only allows our community to easily access art, but it is an opportunity to highlight our parks and facilities, encouraging engagement with our residents,” Weber said. “It’s another innovative way to reach beyond our borders and draw more people to Northville Township.”

Inside|Out caters to diverse audiences, whether seasoned art enthusiasts or families seeking engaging and free recreational activities. Residents are encouraged to mark their calendars and prepare for an unforgettable season filled with art, exploration and community connection.

The art will be on display through October.

Author Name: Northville Township
Publication Date: 05/22/2024