What if we do nothing?

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Blog:

Saint John Paul II, in his Letter to Artists said:

“On the threshold of the Third Millennium, my hope for all of you who are artists is that you will have an especially intense experience of creative inspiration.”                 (Saint JPII, Letter to Artists, April 4, 1999 Easter)

What if we do nothing to bring our children a live experience of beautiful art and architecture, their young minds will be molded by the “visual arts” found in their day to day lives…. In movies, tv, comics, and commercials, graphics, and less than enriching art experiences.  Let a trip to the art museum inspire and challenge your young creative friends to consider works of beauty, and consider art throughout the ages.

If you haven’t been to an art museum in a while, you might be surprised at the kinds of activities they have on hand for families.

In S.E. Michigan, The DIA, Detroit Institute of Arts has all kinds of family friendly events and many of them are free.  

Plan ahead   for the best experience.

  • Great cafe with a variety of choices.
  • Or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the picnic tables indoors.
  • Live music while you enjoy brunch (usually Sundays)
  • drop in workshops for kids: variety of hands-on activities. Check the schedule.
  • Puppet shows
  • Drawing in the galleries: fun for those who want to practice drawing some of the knight’s armor, statues, and other museum items. The museum provides seats and drawing boards, paper and pencils…for youth and adults.
  • See if you can find the interactive The Art of Dining Video, 18th Century European Banquet Table on the third floor.
  • Pick up a booklet for kids at the museum entrance which challenge kids to find specific artworks throughout the building, giving clues.
  • Sign up for the newsletter and you’ll be informed of the latest special exhibits and events.

My experience is that even the most active child will find something to enjoy at the DIA.  There is too much to take in at all one time, plan to go back again and again for shorter trips that include a meal and some action.  There is always inspiration for the youth.  Work to build familiarity with a variety of art cultures.

Entrance costs:  free to residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb

Nonresident, consider a membership, the prices are reasonable.  Grandparents: Senior (55+) membership is just $60 for the year and includes free entry and free special exhibits for 2.  Think quality time with that especially creative grandchild.

Homeschool teachers can apply for a free pass for the year.

My favorite spots in the museum (aside from the Sunday music brunch) are the European Medieval and Renaissance galleries and the Impressionist galleries.  Download a map and plan your visit.

Can’t make it to the DIA right now?  Consider my summer Art Camp for inspiration for your creative child.


Have you been to the DIA lately, with your family?   How did it go?