A message from DSO President Anne Parsons


Dear DSO friends,I would like to take a moment to recognize one of our most beloved neighbors and cultural partners, the Detroit Institute of Arts. For more than a century, the DIA has enriched our lives by offering access to countless iconic works, incredible spaces, innovative programs and exhibitions, and a collection recognized as one of the top in the nation. Once sustained by public funding, the museum is now in danger of closing its doors.

The DIA is in critical need of votes from Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne county residents at Tuesday’s primary election in order to secure long-term financial sustainability. Following two decades of decline in resources from the state and city of Detroit, the proposed millage (0.2 mil over the next ten years; approximately $15 annually per home of $150,000 fair market value) would cover this shortfall and benefit our communities with:

  • Free and unlimited access to the DIA
  • Free school field trips
  • Programs for students and senior citizens
  • Expanded hours of operation and support for exhibitions

Please let your voice be heard tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7. I hope you will join me in voting ‘YES’ in support of keeping the DIA a vital part of our community.

The DIA is undoubtedly one of our city’s jewels, and like your Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is deeply committed to keeping Metro Detroit’s arts and culture scene vibrant, thriving, and accessible for generations to come. I thank you for taking the time to read this message, and for the role you play in ensuring Detroit’s future is bright.


Anne Parsons
President and CEO

P.S. For more information about the millage, please visit www.artisforeveryone.org.

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