All too often, the news coming out of Detroit is grim. Crime. Corruption. Politics. Poverty. These are unfortunately the all too common headlines that give the city an extremely unsavory air. And to think that not so long ago, Detroit was one of America’s richest cities. Remnants of its once rich past is most evident in the Detroit Institute of Arts or the DIA. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to have such a rich and varied collection. No wonder some parties want to sell the collection to help alleviate creditor claims against the city in its bankruptcy proceedings. Is it selfish to wish that the DIA’s collection remain intact so that we can enjoy it’s art? What use is this beautiful art if there are people who have no means to live after their retirement because the city’s coffers are empty?
I don’t presume to know the answer to such thorny questions but I do feel that to break apart the collection means losing little by little the city’s soul. Yes we must have the means to live but we must also feed our soul and what better way than through art.
This is why, I was so happy to hear about the recent news pledging 330M dollar donation to save the DIA. There’s a long way to go but at least there’s hope along the way .