ReImagining Works is a project that will put original works of art into each new or newly-remodeled Dayton Metro Library location. Artwork will be created by local artists, inspired by existing works in the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection. Eventually, each Library will display a new piece of art which is a result of collaboration among the Art Institute, the Library, Library users and artists in our region.
“Libraries and museums are both places of discovery,” said Tim Kambitsch, Library Executive Director. “ReImagining Works provides a unique partnership which benefits two community treasures – The Dayton Metro Library and The Dayton Art Institute. With potentially new audiences, this collaboration lends itself to future art-related programming in our new hands-on activity spaces.”
The first ReImagining Works project is for the E.C. Doren Branch Library. Six options from the Dayton Art Institute’s collection are offered as inspiration for a new piece which will be placed in the newly added outdoor terrace at the Library. The artwork options can be viewed at the Library’s website, DaytonMetroLibrary.org. Public voting for which piece should be reinterpreted is open through May 9 online or in person at the E.C. Doren Branch Library’s temporary location, 359 Maryland Avenue. Different art options will be presented for future re-interpretation projects.
ABOUT DAYTON METRO LIBRARY
The Dayton Metro Library is one of the oldest and largest public library systems in Ohio, consistently ranking among the best in the nation. The DML consists of 20 branch locations inMontgomery County, Outreach Services and the Main Library in downtown Dayton. In order to fulfill its mission to inform, inspire and enrich the community, the DML offers programs, materials and services for all ages and stages of life. It is funded in part by a portion of the state income tax and local levy support.
Specialized services and resources are available for schools, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, literacy providers and job seekers. The library houses a unique collection of local history materials. Computers are available free of charge for public use and computer instruction is available at many library locations.
In November, 2012, Montgomery County voters passed a $187 million bond issue to fund new construction and renovations for the DML. Highlights of the multi-phase, multi-year project include consolidating branches from 20 to 16, establishing an offsite operations center and completely renovating the Main Library. When the project is complete in 2017, library users will enjoy modern, efficient facilities providing superior services and technology for the 21st century. Progress on the project is posted regularly on the DML website at DaytonMetroLibrary.org.