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Joe Louis Fist

Joe Louis Fist

Hi everybody! In case you missed it, the city of Detroit has been going through some tough times. In 1960, Detroit was the fifth most populated city in America, but has tumbled to just inside the top twenty today.  As Detroit struggles to make ends meet they are looking at many ways to bridge the financial gap and are considering options involving the vast collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts to possibly help pay the bills.

Recently, the Association of Art Museum Curators decided to move their 2014 annual conference to Detroit to support the Detroit Institute of Arts. Emily Ballew Neff, President of the AAMC is quoted as saying, “We believe that moving our conference to the DIA affirms our support of one of the most outstanding museum collections in the world (AAMC).” What I was most impressed to learn is that “the DIA covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory (DIA).”

So consider this your public service announcement. Support our brother and sister museums in Detroit! I am inspired by this move by the AAMC to do my part and visit the DIA in the near future. I can say from personal experience that if you have not visited The Henry Ford it is a must see museum! The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is worth a visit as well, as is the Michigan Science Center – new home to my former Vice President at Cincinnati Museum Center Dr. Tonya Matthews who will be their new President and CEO starting in a few weeks.

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