Detroit Institute of Art says 'thanks' to Michigan with outreach programs

By David N. Goodman
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Institute of Arts is showing its gratitude to the people of Michigan for the state's help in preserving the internationally renowned collection during the city's passage through bankruptcy.

The institute recently announced a series of programs, including the exhibition of one of its most popular oil paintings in Flint and Midland and the extension of its services and outreach efforts across Michigan.

"It's wonderful to be able to share the DIA throughout our amazing state," Annmarie Erickson, the museum's chief operating officer, told The Associated Press in an email.

During last year's bankruptcy proceedings, some creditors pushed for the city to look into the sale of assets, including city-owned pieces in the Detroit Institute of Arts. The threat prompted the creation of the so-called Grand Bargain - commitments from the state, major corporations, foundations and others to donate $800 million over 20 years meant to soften cuts to city pensions while placing pieces in the DIA into a trust and out of the reach of debtor demands.

Now, the museum is launching the programs "as a benefit to all of the Michigan taxpayers who helped safeguard the DIA's collection through state contributions to Detroit's pensioners," Erickson said.

The museum said that it is sending the painting "The Nut Gatherers" for exhibitions in Flint and Midland. The French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted the picture of two girls reclining in the grass in 1882. The painting goes on display Aug. 5 through Oct. 11 at the Flint Institute of Arts and Oct. 17 through at the Midland Center for the Arts and the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science.

The display of reproductions from the collection also will extend beyond the Detroit metropolitan area. Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County voters support the museum through a property tax levy, and the museum now operates its Inside/Out program at locations around those counties.

"The museum will install two outdoor exhibitions of 15 reproductions each summer, focusing on locations in the 45 counties that the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has identified as underserved," the museum said in a statement.

The museum also is extending its school, professional development and conservation services to users statewide.



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Published: Wed, Aug 05, 2015