Reflecting on a Remarkable 2023 at the DIA

Updated Dec 22, 2023

From the Director
Teen Council members in the galleries

The past year has been an extraordinary one for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). We've expanded our collections, showcased beautiful exhibitions, and connected with communities near and far. As we step into the new year and say goodbye to 2023, let's take a moment to look back at some of the highlights from the past year. 

In 2023, we welcomed 600,000 visitors to the DIA — including more than 50,000 students from our local schools and more than 170 senior groups from the community. 

The fact that so many families, individuals and groups made visits to the DIA part of their lives in the past year speaks to the incredible works housed in our permanent collection, as well as the exhibitions we hosted — including a retrospective of the work of James Barnor, an exploration of printmaking in the modern era, our After Cubism show celebrating modern art in Paris post-World War I, Masterpieces of Early Italian Renaissance Bronze Statuettes, and our popular Ofrendas exhibition, including creations from members of our community. 

But the DIA is not just about the art within our walls; it's about engaging with our communities. Our Inside|Out program saw more than 170 reproductions of works of art enjoyed by community members across the region, and we collaborated on the creation of four new public art murals. Meanwhile, the DIA studio hosted artmaking at more than 40 local fairs and festivals, bringing the DIA experience to your neighborhoods. 

As we look ahead to 2024, we want to express our deep gratitude to our patrons and supporters, especially those from Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. Your passion for art and culture continues to drive our mission. 

On behalf of all of us at the DIA, thank you for being a part of our journey. We look forward to sharing more art, inspiration, and creativity with you in your galleries and throughout our community in the coming year. 

Let's embark on this new year with enthusiasm and a shared love for the power of art to enrich our lives. 

As we look forward to serving you better every year, we wish you a Happy 2024!