Thursday, May 3, 2012

Help support the D.I.A.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is in need of help.  They are asking for a tri-county tax, similar to that of the Detroit Zoo that was passed a few years ago.  I have been to the DIA once, and while it was not my cup of tea, it was interesting and I know how valuable it is to others in the community and across the globe. This needs to get supported and passed for several reasons, let me give you some background on the DIA.

The current building was opened in 1927 and has undergone several expansions and renovations over the years.  What is even more impressive is that art has been collected for the DIA since the early 1880's and some were on display in the original building back in 1888.  The DIA is the 2nd largest municipal owned art collection in the United States with over 65,000 works of art.  The DIA has been one of the many groups helping to locate works of art that were looted by the Nazi's before and during World War II and making sure they are returned to the rightful owners.

The tax that they are asking for is vital to help keep the DIA open and operating smoothly for years to come.  The tax if approved would cost the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $10 a year for the next 20 years. They have already cut staff, reduced salaries, and taken other measures to help.  The zoo tax and cobo hall tax were all approved, but we can't bring animals or the auto show to other communities, but the DIA has been bringing art to the communities for temporary displays.  I know we are all in tough times right now, but I feel this is one that needs to be supported and passed just as much as the zoo. 

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