DIA fuses education with the arts for West Utica students
DIA fuses education with the arts for West Utica students
Posted on 12/19/2018
Students posing outside the DIAThe Detroit Institute of Arts is bringing art and culture from around the globe to life for hundreds of Utica Community Schools elementary students this month.

“The DIA provides an educational opportunity to students you can’t find in books or on TV,” said Karen Borbolla, UCS K-12 art department chairperson and elementary art educator. “Our students and parents leave the museum amazed after the school field trips to the DIA.”

As part of the tri-county millage passed in 2012, the DIA provides free bus transportation and admission for students from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. In 2017, the DIA provided free field trips and transportation to 14,356 Macomb County students.

“Field trips spark imagination, encourage discovery and allow students to step outside their environment to experience a diversity of cultures and perspectives,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director.

By the end of January, all UCS fifth graders will have attended an experience at the DIA.  UCS high school students in the Foundations of Arts also experience the DIA through the program.

“Through this strong partnership, all UCS fifth graders are receiving unparalleled access to art, culture and history offered at the DIA,” said Dr. Christine Johns, UCS superintendent. “The DIA works closely with our staff to provide rich academic experiences that spark creativity and help prepare our students for success.”

The DIA provides guided and self-guided tours and online teaching resources for schools, including lesson plans that can be incorporated into curriculum.

“The DIA brings learning to life and helps us fuse the educational community with the arts,” Borbolla said. “Students might read about something in a book or see it on a computer screen, but when they are able to walk in and see Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals, they are inspired.”