Friday, February 22, 2013
Leaders at the Detroit Institute of Arts express gratitude to voters for approving last fall's millage, which will help cover the museum's operating costs for the next 10 years.
Regionalism and gratitude were the words of the day as, earlier this month, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) discussed the November millage and the big difference local voters have made. "I cannot tell you what an important and critical vote that was," DIA chief operating officer Annmarie Erickson said Feb. 8. "Your help really did an amazingly critical thing for the DIA." Erickson made her statement at the DIA's Crystal Ballroom as part an announcement of which Metro Detroit communities would host the next round of Inside|Out installations this spring and summer. In November, voters in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties approved a tax of 0.2 mills for the next 10 years to help cover the museum's operating costs. In return, residents …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Here are some of the displays that residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county can now see for free at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
After tri-county voters passed the DIA millage in the election yesterday, the Detroit Insititue of Arts wants to make sure that residents get their money's worth. “When we announced that we would seek the millage, we pledged that if it were to pass we would provide free admission to residents of all three counties. We are immediately following through on that pledge," said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director, in a press release. Tri-county voters approved a tax of 0.2 mills for the next 10 years to fund the arts authority, so admission is now free to residents of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb county residents. Here are some of the special exhibits that residents can see: A painting by Johannes Vermeer on loan from the National Gallery of Art in …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The EPIC MRA poll released Wednesday shows 71 percent of voters in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties will vote 'yes' on Aug. 7. But many of you said otherwise.
An EPIC MRA poll released today shows that a large majority of voters approve of the tri-county millage to support the Detroit Institute of Arts, Channel 7 is reporting. If approved, the proposal would levy .2 mills on Oakland County taxpayers for 10 years. At 0.2 mills, a taxpayer owning a home with a taxable value of $100,000 would be expected to pay approximately $20 a year. This tax would begin with December 2012 property tax bills and end in 2021. The survey interviewed 237 people in the tri-county area between July 24–31, and has a plus or minus margin of error of 6.4 percent. The majority of support is strong in each county, with Oakland County leading the way at 75 percent, the station reported. The millage is expected to generate…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Visitors with mustaches receive free general admission to the Detroit Institute of Arts Aug. 3-5.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering free museum admission to any visitor who wears a mustache—real or fake—from Friday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 5 during regular museum hours. The promotion celebrates the eccentric appearance of Salvador Dalí, whose painting Soft Construction with Boiled Beans is currently on view in the DIA’s exhibition Five Spanish Masterpieces. This weekend, visitors can enjoy a variety of museum programs, including The Dalí Project—a puppet performance that explores Dalí’s embrace of the subconscious through various forms of puppetry—presented by Puppet Junction. Schedule of performances: Performances on Friday and Saturday are appropriate for adults only; Sunday’s performance is appropriate for ages 8 and up…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
'The case for the DIA millage is compelling . . . for future growth in the arts and the economy. That is pretty good return for about $15 per year.'
This viewpoint essay by Birmingham area photographer Rod Arroyo, who's also a certified planner and design consultant, is reposted with permission from his blog at cityphotosandbooks.com. Voters in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties will be asked Aug. 7 to approve 0.2 mils for 10 years, which is approximately $15 per year for every $150,000 of a home’s fair market value. This money will go to provide one of many sources of funding needed to support a world-class art museum: the Detroit Institute of Arts. As the vote nears for the Arts Millage in southeast Michigan, I feel compelled to share some of my thoughts. The Detroit Institute of Arts is an irreplaceable resource that brings incredible works of art, film, music, and so much more to …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tri-county proposals spur debates over Detroit-suburbs ties, museum finances and property tax levels.
Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh and Diego Rivera are among candidates for local support in Metro Detroit's Aug. 7 primary elections. A millage request by the Detroit Institute of Arts – the museum displaying their art – will be on ballots in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Each county's elected commissioners this spring approved language for a 0.2-mill proposal to support the DIA as a regional resource. In addition to nominating candidates for congressional, state, county and local offices on Primary Day, voters will be asked to answer that yes-or-no DIA tax question. An impassioned debate has begun to intensify, as it always does when property taxes and city-suburban relations are involved. The political landscape also is shaped by …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Best in Show honors for Adam and Daniel Cooper earn April 28 screenings at DIA.
Two local siblings will be honored for visual creativity and imaginative storytelling at a prestigious setting this month. Young filmmakers Adam and Daniel Cooper of West Bloomfield High won Best of Show honors in the 44th Michigan Student Film and Video Festival. An animated short by Daniel and a live-action comedy by both will be part of April 28 screenings in the ornate, 1,200-seat Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts. War of the Species, a five-minute animation embedded at right, pits "militaristic birds" against a man with a slingshot. It parodies The Matrix (1999) and Pearl Harbor (2001) feature films. The brothers, who created the festival's promotional video (also accompanying this article), are honored jointly for…
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
State's beauty is found indoors, too.
Not all of Michigan's beautiful spots are found outside. Reader Albert "Bud" Waller shared this striking photo taken inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, another of Michigan's jewels. "I was at the DIA for the first time last spring and had my camera with me," the Rochester resident said. "I thought it was an interesting picture for my photo class at the OPC (Older Persons Commission) in Rochester." To email this photo, just look for the EMAIL button above the headline. To print this photo, see PRINT above. To add a photo, click on "add your photos" under the photo. Do you have a nominee for Michigan Postcard? Nominate it here or email it to email@example.com. Be sure to include the following details: More Michigan Postcards