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Detroit Metropolitan Airport unveils Art in the Airport program

Announces partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts

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Aug 27 2019

DETROIT (Aug. 21, 2019) – The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) is celebrating Michigan’s rich culture, with an emphasis on the Detroit Metropolitan area, by launching its first Art in the Airport program. The program at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is the result of several years of internal planning and discussions with members of local arts organizations. The initial phase of Art in the Airport highlights the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Inside|Out program. WCAA is eager to officially unveil the artwork and share with the community what’s ahead, during a news conference in DTW’s North Terminal on Thursday, August 22 at 10 a.m.

Through the Art in the Airport program, WCAA hopes to enhance the travel experience for DTW customers, while supporting local artists and institutions. In the coming years, visitors to the airport can expect to see rotating exhibitions, fine and performing art series, and possibly custom artwork created for DTW.

“Detroit is a vibrant city known for its art, food, music and cultural diversity,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “The Wayne County Council for the Arts, History, and Humanities was the catalyst behind Detroit Metro Airport pursuing an art program. We’re grateful to the Council’s Renata Evans and Bettye Misuraca, who first championed this cause more than a decade ago. The Art in the Airport program will be a platform for local artists to showcase their talent, while incorporating reproductions of masterpieces from one of our region’s greatest treasures, the Detroit Institute of Arts. We hope to engage additional cultural organizations as well.”

The DIA has installed 24 framed reproductions of works from the museum, which are displayed throughout the North Terminal and the Ground Transportation Center.

To assist with the development of the Art in the Airport program, WCAA has partnered with Graves+Mallett Art Solutions. The Detroit company is a certified Small Business Enterprise founded by Leslie Graves, Esq. and Denise Mallett, Ed.D.

"Graves+Mallett Art Solutions is delighted and honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Wayne County Airport Authority to take on this groundbreaking project that will forever change the physical and artistic space of Detroit Metro Airport," said Graves.

"Often the passenger experience in an airport involves hurrying, waiting, or checking flights,” said Mallett. “Graves+Mallett Art Solutions seeks to enhance the current experience by stirring emotion and sparking such a sense of wonder that passengers pause and reflect on the artwork.”

Members of the media are invited to learn more about Art in the Airport during Thursday’s news conference, which will take place post-security in the North Terminal. Any members of the media interested in attending must RSVP to [email protected] by Thursday, August 22 at 7 a.m.


Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) welcomed more than 35 million passengers in 2018 and is one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs. With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, Michigan’s largest airport offers approximately 1,100 flights per day to and from more than 140 nonstop destinations on four continents. With two award-winning passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin Hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America.  DTW is operated by the Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport – an important corporate, cargo and general aviation facility.  The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive tax dollars to support airport operations.   Visit for more information.

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