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Posted on: October 5, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Community Foundation partners with library, bringing the DIA mobile display to the community

The Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation and the City Library have joined together to bring the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Mobile Away Trailer to the City on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

The DIA trailer will be located in the parking lot across from the Library main entrance.

The DIA Mobile Away Trailer is a free, mobile interactive classroom and a creative exploration space for everyone. It brings educational, hands-on art experiences to locations throughout the Tri-County Area. The DIA Mobile exhibit is a fully furnished and vibrantly designed 53’ double-expandable trailer. Inside, visitors are able to see some of the ways artists think and then have the opportunity to try out creative thinking skills at digital and hands-on stations. This is the second year the City has hosted DIA Away on campus for its residents. In October 2015, the trailer and its “Think Like an Artist” exhibit made an appearance at the Dodge Park Farmers Market.

"The Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation was established in 1991 to improve the cultural, educational and recreational opportunities for residents of Michigan's fourth largest city," said Karl G. Oskoian, the Foundation’s Executive Director. "This partnership with the City Library and the DIA provides Sterling Heights area residents a great opportunity to visit an exciting DIA display in their own backyard and discover some of the ways artists think and work. Visitors will be surprised and inspired to discover the connections between themselves and the ways artists think and work. We are very fortunate to offer this educational and cultural event to City residents and thank the DIA for sharing their exciting mobile exhibit with City residents.”

For more information about this event or about the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation, please contact Executive Director, Karl G. Oskoian, at 248-928-6788, the City of Sterling Heights Community Relations department at 586 446-2476 or visit

About the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation
The Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation, established in 1991, is celebrating its 25th year as a certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization improving the quality of life of Sterling Heights area residents through cultural, educational and recreational activities.

The Foundation sponsors programs and projects that reach every member of the Sterling Heights community and has contributed more than $1.2 million to organizations and activities that support its mission.

Examples of the Foundation’s contributions include: public library support, senior activity center contributions, art sculptures, city park picnic shelters, the city trolley, city park play centers, sponsorship of Sterlingfest, the annual Dodge Park run, Teenfest, contributions totaling more than $200,000 to dozens of organizations addressing smoking cessation programs and programs helping area seniors, 360 scholarships totaling $309,500 to area students pursuing a college education, restoration of the historic Upton House, the city center brick paver program, construction of Rotary Park, Nature Center enhancements, Dodge Park concerts, and hosting a series of City Summits to discuss the future of the city with residents.

The Foundation also manages 23 donor advised permanent endowment funds which may receive charitable donations. Contributions may also be made to the foundation’s general endowment fund to support the Foundation mission.

For more information on the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation, please visit its website at

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