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Two Years Ahead of Schedule, the Detroit Institute of Arts Wants Another 10-Year Millage

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The 10-year millage will arrive on ballots in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb County in March 2020.

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With their annual fundraising gala and a new exhibition highlighting African-American collectors and artists on deck, the Detroit Institute of Arts is also announcing plans to renew their tri-county millage. 

Originally passed in 2012, the museum is putting the millage on the 2020 ballot two years before the current one expires. Residents in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb County — who currently receive free admission to the museum because of the current millage — will cast their votes next spring.

It’s important that we’re relevant and impactful to our local community,” says David Flynn,  DIA’s senior vice president of community and public affairs. “This millage provides 75 percent of our operating budget and we’re not going to neglect that. We’re going to provide exhibitions and programming for everybody in the three counties.” 

Click the audio player to hear CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper’s full conversation with David Flynn, DIA senior vice president of community and public affairs and DIA director Salvador Salort Pons.


Ryan Patrick Hooper, Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper is a host of CultureShift and longtime arts, culture and music reporter.

hooper@wdet.org Follow @hoopingtonpost

LaToya Cross, Producer, CultureShift

LaToya Cross is a Producer with CultureShift, where she produces in-depth content that spotlights creatives and individuals using their platform to examine, cultivate, shape and shift culture.

Latoya.cross@wdet.org Follow @ToizStory

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