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Detroit Emergency Manager Was the One Who Called Christie’s

The Detroit News has reported that it was Emergency Manager Kevin Orr who brought in Christie’s to appraise the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) collection. Orr, who in turn claimed that he is acting on behalf of creditors, has come under fire in recent weeks for his seemingly cavalier treatment of the DIA collection as the city forges into the grueling bankruptcy process.

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A Plea for Detroit [UPDATED]

On May 24 the news broke that Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, was considering whether the city could or should sell off the art collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to help pay back its debts. The reactions pretty much range from “this is a bad idea” to “this is a terrible idea.”

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Detroit Institute of Arts Fights for Survival with a Local Tax

This coming Tuesday, August 7, voters in the Metro Detroit area will be deciding not just the outcome of the usual political races, but also the future of the area’s beloved art museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts. The DIA, which has been struggling financially for years, has proposed a 10-year millage (tax) on homeowners in three counties, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. A recent poll shows that 7 out of 10 voters in the election support the millage, but the fight over it represents an ongoing larger battle in this country about how we fund the arts.