Director Of DIA: Selling Art Tantamount To Closing Museum

CBS Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) – As Detroit continues to work through its bankruptcy, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts released a letter this weekend weighing in on the possible sale of museum’s art collection.

In a letter titled “Will the DIA have to sell its art,” — director Graham Beal says selling their art will not only “threaten the millage proceeds which they rely on to operate the museum — but he says it would also be equivalent to shutting the museum’s doors. Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has stated that the some of the art could be sold as part of the city’s bankruptcy deal Beal says the art being considered as “assets” are those that were bought by Detroit between 1922 and 1931– that’s about 3,300 pieces.

In the letter, Beal says the DIA staff has had very little contact with the Emergency Manager’s office — and calls…

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