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The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is hoping you will shop ‘til you drop tomorrow (Saturday, Oct 1) at Franklin’s historic Village Center.  Why?  Because 23 businesses at the Center are donating a portion of their proceeds to the DIA.

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The fundraiser was organized to thank the DIA for the InsideOut exhibition that was just installed in Franklin and 10 other communities across Southeast Michigan. If you’re not familiar with the project, InsideOut brings reproductions of paintings from the DIA’s collection to the streets and parks of greater metro Detroit.  Franklin’s event marks the arrival of seven reproductions of DIA masterpieces to the community.

“We’ve had an amazing response from residents throughout the region since we launched Inside|Out last year,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “Franklin’s business owners are a great example of how a community comes together to show their appreciation for great art while generously providing support to the DIA.”

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This is the first time businesses from an Inside|Out community have banded together to support to the DIA.  Main Street Franklin organized the event.  For a full list of the businesses, as well as maps, visit their website at:

Additional Inside|Out displays also can be found in Birmingham; Armada; Detroit’s Eastern Market, Riverfront and Dequindre Cut; Holly; Milford; Warren; Lake Orion; Oxford; Belleville; and Macomb Township. For more information, including an interactive map of Inside|Out locations, visit

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Special thanks to the Detroit Institute of Arts for sharing this information.