Downtown Milford will soon be turned into an art museum thanks to a campaign by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).
Ann , director of the Milford Downtown Development Authority (DDA), said that the DDA has been contacted by the DIA about being a participant in the DIA’s “Inside Out” program, which brings reproductions of the museum’s best works to hang in areas across metro Detroit for the public to view.
According to Barnette, the DIA will look to display 7 to 9 works of mostly two-dimensional art in downtown Milford, either on the outside walls of buildings or in a free-standing display.
She believes the free-standing displays will be put up in the Center Street Park and Mill Pond Pavilion area.
Barnette said that the DIA will assume of the cost of the reproductions, installation and tear-down, as well as provide insurance and agreement language for private property owners who wish to loan their buildings to the project.
She added that she didn’t really have a concern about the pieces of art being vandalized if left up for display.
Barnette said that she didn’t have a timetable of when the works would be displayed, but said that installation is being planned for September through November.
“I think it’s awesome. We’re not the only downtown that the DIA is working with, but we’re glad we’re on the list,” Barnette said.
Milford is also home to the Milford Village Fine Arts Association and the Milford Memories Festival, which displays numerous works of art every summer.