English: Detroit Institute of the Arts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The DIA, noted as one of the best museums in the country, has been put on notice by Orr that its art collection is a city asset and could be sold to help with Detroit’s estimated $15 billion to $17 billion debt. CAC will hold a Save Our Art rally on Tuesday, May 29th at the front of the DIA at 11 a.m. in support of the DIA not selling its collection. The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
"The cancer of emergency management continues to spread with now almost 1 million citizens in the state of Michigan living under an emergency manager. With about 9.1 percent of Michigan's total population living under dictatorship, these state takeovers are more than an attack on democracy. In Detroit, emergency management now threatens our cultural integrity. Art is an expression of freedom.
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It makes sense then that an emergency manager would see art and democracy as expendables in the trench warfare of austerity politics. The proposed selling of significant works of art in the DIA collection is not the best solution for dealing with long term debt obligations and financial instability. Not only does this kind of thinking create more divisiveness between a supposed poor Detroit and wealthy suburban interests, but it fails to articulate an innovative and empowering plan for a holistic Detroit recovery," said David Alexander Bullock, Change Agent Consortium national spokesperson.
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