This is a post for my friends in the three-county metro Detroit region, before our primary elections next Tuesday, August 7.
On the primary ballot this year in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties is a millage proposal to help fund the Detroit Institute of Arts, our amazing local art museum. The DIA has been suffering from the strangling of public funding, and this millage proposal will support DIA operations for 10 years as they fundraise for a more robust endowment. For those 10 years museum admission will be free to residents of those counties. If the millage is not passed, the DIA will severely cut its programming and exhibits and perhaps consequences more dire (more layoffs? eating the endowment? closure?). Regional museum funding works, and it can help the DIA get on firmer financial funding.
The ballot proposal language is pretty opaque–funding for an “art institute authority”–but please look for it on August 7 and vote for the DIA!