The DAI is not a museum – we are an ART CENTER! We don’t own a permanent collection – we show art that is created by living, breathing artists –mostly from our region. Sometimes we bring traveling shows for excitement and education like the recent "Esther Bubley: On Assignment."
Our exhibits change all the time. In 2010 we held 13 exhibitions, displaying more than 300 emerging, mid-career and established artists and served more than 46,865 gallery visitors.
The DAI is about the process – not the product. People actively engage with artists by attending exhibit receptions where artists may be creating work on-site…or attend artist talks in the gallery to learn more about art-making.
People do things with their own hands -- learning how to use the “tools” of art by attending a class or workshop. We hold Free Family Days at our Lincoln Center and art camp for kids and teens in the summer, plus outreach to schools, scouts and other groups. In 2010 we served 1,771 people in arts learning and 1,011 of these were children.
The DAI collaborates with other organizations to make our community stronger, such as the popular Empty Bowl fundraiser for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank which raised more than $64,000 in 2010 to feed hungry people.