Black History Month Goes Virtual With 2021 Programming at the DIA

The Detroit Institute of Arts is putting a call out for participation with its virtual programs during its Black History Month 2021 programming.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the museum’s yearly Black History Month programs will be online for the first time, according to its website. The DIA will present music, storytelling, artists and conversations and more come next year and they are looking for creative local chefs, mixologists and artists. Show off your talent and creativity to museum visitors during the virtual Black History Month events, the DIA stated on its website.

Selected chefs and mixologists will be showcased in virtual “Wind Down Wednesdays” programming and are asked to submit videos of food and cocktail recipes in specific categories, according to the DIA. Selected artists will be featured in virtual artist demonstrations, the website added.

For more information and requirements for anyone interested in submitting a proposal visit the DIA here. Applicants may submit now through Nov. 8.

The DIA is also looking for visual artists to discuss on-camera their work and let others see their artistic process, The Detroit News reported.

“Now more than ever it is crucial to celebrate the importance of Black history and culture,” said DIA director Salvador Salort-Pons in a recent media release. “By shifting to a virtual experience we will be able to connect these community-based programs with an even wider audience in 2021.”

For this year’s Black History Month programming, the DIA is working with three community consultants: Drake Phifer from Urban Organic, artist Errin Whitaker of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club and Director of Arts and Culture for the city of Detroit, Rochelle Riley, according to The Detroit News.

For more information visit the DIA.

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