One of the painful things about seeing Detroit city manager Kevyn Orr and Christie’s auction house taking steps toward possibly selling off Detroit’s art is that there doesn’t seem to be much Joe Citizen can do about it: Detroit’s situation is so dire that the state has given the city manager extraordinary powers. The only recourse art lovers and people who care about the future of Detroit have is to publicize how the DIA has been an important part of Detroit’s past and that the institution and the art in it should be a cornerstone of Detroit’s future. Hopefully raising awareness and putting pressure on Orr and Christie’s helps keep Detroit’s art in Detroit, available to the public.
Last week thousands of art lovers took an important first step in calling attention to a disaster-in-the-making by participating in “A Day for Detroit,” which helped spotlight great works of art in the collections at the Detroit Institute for Arts. According to the DIA, over eight million people saw your tweets and blog posts. The Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News and MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” all featured your efforts. So let’s keep it going!
The Modern Art Notes Podcast wants to help draw attention to the way art at the DIA is important to Detroit’s present and future. The entire September 6 episode of The MAN Podcast will consist of segments highlighting the ways in which the DIA and the art in the collections there are vital to the city of Detroit.
Please help us help Detroit!: We want to hear about how the DIA and the art there have been a part of your life. Did the art at the DIA help you or your children understand something about the world you might not have otherwise known? Did it inspire you to create something? Or has the DIA made your life richer in another way? If you have a story of how the DIA and the art at the DIA have been important to you, your children or your family, please email The MAN Podcast at TestimonyForDetroit@gmail.com. We’ll pick as many of the best stories as we can for broadcast on September 6. Please be sure to include your contact information so we can reply and record your story!
(Image via Flickr user Jolon Hull.)