DIA Away: Think Like an Artist is a free, mobile interactive classroom and a creative exploration space for people of all ages. It brings educational, hands-on art experiences to schools, community centers, senior facilities, fairs and festivals throughout Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
DIA Away is a fully furnished, vibrantly designed 53’ double-expandable trailer. Inside, participants will discover some of the ways artists think and then have the opportunity to try out creative thinking skills at digital and hands-on stations. Visitors will be surprised and inspired to discover the connections between themselves and the ways artists think and work.
The design and selection of artists and activities were made with students and teachers in mind. Studying artists’ processes gives students a deeper understanding of creativity and helps them identify thinking strategies they can use for a lifetime of learning and innovation. DIA Away is designed to coordinate with school curriculum standards; elementary, middle and high school teachers will find direct links to both the National Visual Arts Standards and Common Core Standards for English / Language Arts. DIA gallery teachers will facilitate school group visits to DIA Away, bringing expertise in teaching through art to visitors of all ages.
DIA Away is one of the many ways the DIA shares its world-renowned resources with the tri-county area outside the museum walls. For those who already know the museum, DIA Away offers a chance to re-connect closer to home. For others, DIA Away is an opportunity to experience an educational museum program in an informal, accessible and convenient venue, whether with family, classmates or members of a local organization.