Saturday, July 28, 2012
One spectator's notes from Thursday's forum in Troy about the Aug. 7 ballot proposal.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The following was written after attending a panel discussion organized by opposition to the DIA millage. The panel included State Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester), Bruce Walker of MichiganView.com, County Commissioner Robert Gosselin, and Simon Haddad of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance. 1. "The City of Detroit continues to own the Museum's permanent art collection, including works of art acquired prior or subsequent to the operating agreement, as well as the Museum building and grounds." Despite this, the City of Detroit does not want to provide any funding to support the DIA. In 2011, the City of Detroit provided $500,000 to fund the DIA's operation and upkeep. In 2012, the city of Detroit has cut all funding. The City of Detroit did …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
'The case for the DIA millage is compelling ... for future growth in the arts and the economy. That is pretty good return for about $15 per year.'
This viewpoint essay by Royal Oak Patch photographer Rod Arroyo, who's also a certified planner and design consultant, is reposted with permission from his blog at cityphotosandbooks.com. Guest commentaries can be submitted to email@example.com. Voters in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties will be asked Aug. 7 to approve 0.2 mils for 10 years, which is approximately $15 per year for every $150,000 of a home’s fair market value. This money will go to provide one of many sources of funding needed to support a world-class art museum: the Detroit Institute of Arts. As the vote nears for the Arts Millage in southeast Michigan, I feel compelled to share some of my thoughts. The Detroit Institute of Arts is an irreplaceable resource that …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Tri-county proposals spur debates over Detroit-suburbs ties, museum finances and property tax levels.
Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh and Diego Rivera are among candidates for local support in Metro Detroit's Aug. 7 primary elections. A millage request by the Detroit Institute of Arts – the museum displaying their art – will be on ballots in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Each county's elected commissioners this spring approved language for a 0.2-mill proposal to support the DIA as a regional resource. In addition to nominating candidates for congressional, state, county and local offices on Primary Day, voters will be asked to answer that yes-or-no DIA tax question. An impassioned debate has begun to intensify, as it always does when property taxes and city-suburban relations are involved. The political landscape also is shaped by …
Friday, June 29, 2012
The downtown retailer will present the unveiling of 'Selene and Endymion' by Nicolas Poussin.
The official kickoff to a three-month outdoor art show throughout downtown Royal Oak is today at Noir Leather, courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Art's Inside|Out program. The DIA installed six high-quality reproductions of art pieces from its collection in Royal Oak on Thursday. Noir Leather will present the first unveiling, of Selene and Endymion by Nicolas Poussin, at 1 p.m. today. Complimentary soft drinks and juices will be served at the event. Royal Oak is one of 13 Michigan communities selected to host the Inside|Out program. Most of the pieces hang on the sides of buildings, with one freestanding piece. The pieces are clustered throughout the downtown area within walking or biking distance from each other to encourage people to …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Dennis Flessland, a Sons of Norway member and honorary consul to Michigan, selected to receive The King’s Knight First Class of the Order of Merit.
The Honorable Dennis Flessland of Huntington Woods, Norway’s honorary consul to Michigan, was selected to receive an extraordinary honor from His Majesty King Harald of Norway in a ceremony Tuesday. Flessland, an attorney and member of Farmington Hills-based Nordkap Lodge of the Sons of Norway, was awarded The King’s Knight First Class of the Order of Merit for “meritorious services for Norwegian interests and Norwegian citizens.” The Order with its unique medal was to be presented by Sissel Breie, Norway’s Consul General in New York, at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Sponsored by the office of the Consul General in New York and Nordkap Lodge, the ceremony was to include a reception in the museum’s historic Kresge Court. The Royal …
Friday, May 25, 2012
To celebrate the holiday weekend, these local attractions are offering special opportunities for local families.
Looking for a way to spend family time over the holiday weekend? Then don't miss these two local opportunties meant for a memorable Memorial Day. In celebration of the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, the Detroit Zoo will remain open until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On Memorial Day, the Detroit Zoo will close at the regular time of 5 p.m. The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. each day. “With all the new and exciting things to see and do, we want to give the community extra time to enjoy their zoo over the holiday weekend,” Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director Ron Kagan said in the press release. Current exhibits Holiday visitors can take advantage of the extended hours to check out some of the Detroit Zoo’s most recent arrivals. Bulgan, a male …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
State's beauty is found indoors, too.
Not all of Michigan's beautiful spots are found outside. Reader Albert "Bud" Waller shared this striking photo taken inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, another of Michigan's jewels. "I was at the DIA for the first time last spring and had my camera with me," the Rochester resident said. "I thought it was an interesting picture for my photo class at the OPC (Older Persons Commission) in Rochester." To email this photo, just look for the EMAIL button above the headline. To print this photo, see PRINT above. To add a photo, click on "add your photos" under the photo. Do you have a nominee for Michigan Postcard? Nominate it here or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the following details: More Michigan Postcards