detroit institute of arts http://michiganradio.org en Now it's up to Lansing to make Detroit's "grand bargain" work http://michiganradio.org/post/now-its-lansing-make-detroits-grand-bargain-work <p>Now that <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140416/NEWS01/304160130/Detroit-pension-board-general-cut">Detroit’s bankruptcy is moving along</a>, Gov. Rick Snyder is moving to secure the state’s end of a so-called “grand bargain.”</p><p>It would use $816 million to minimize city pension cuts, and protect the Detroit Institute of Arts from potential liquidation to pay off creditors.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17263 at http://michiganradio.org Now it's up to Lansing to make Detroit's "grand bargain" work The latest developments between the DIA, Detroit pensioners, and creditors http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-developments-between-dia-detroit-pensioners-and-creditors <p></p><p>There have been two big developments this week in the high-stakes showdown over Detroit's pensioners, its art treasures and creditors who hope bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will pressure the city to put those art treasures on the table.</p><p>There's a lot to try to sort out. So, as we do each Thursday, we spoke to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:13:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 17186 at http://michiganradio.org The latest developments between the DIA, Detroit pensioners, and creditors Bond insurer ups the ante in battle over the Detroit Institute of Arts http://michiganradio.org/post/bond-insurer-ups-ante-battle-over-detroit-institute-arts <p>One group who stands to lose a lot in Detroit’s bankruptcy has upped the ante in the battle over the Detroit Institute of Arts.</p><p>The Financial Guaranty Insurance Corporation, a major bond insurer, has gone out and solicited bids for the museum’s assets.</p><p>And in papers filed in federal bankruptcy court Wednesday, FGIC <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140409/METRO01/304090074/Bond-insurer-bankruptcy-case-has-several-bids-Detroit-s-DIA-artwork">said it’s received four tentative bids</a> for the museum’s assets, or portions of them.</p><p>The bidders include:</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17175 at http://michiganradio.org Bond insurer ups the ante in battle over the Detroit Institute of Arts Timeline: The complicated relationship between the DIA and the city of Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/timeline-complicated-relationship-between-dia-and-city-detroit <p>Even before Detroit officially filed for bankruptcy last July, many Michiganders and outsiders feared for the future of the Detroit Institute of Arts – the city’s so-called "<a href="http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1994456_1994357_1994239,00.html">crown jewel</a>."</p><p>With the city in financial turmoil, the newly appointed emergency manager of Detroit started a catalog of city assets. Many feared the&nbsp;DIA's&nbsp;status as a city asset would mean part of the museum’s collection could be sold off to satisfy creditors.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:25:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16852 at http://michiganradio.org Timeline: The complicated relationship between the DIA and the city of Detroit Explaining the DIA's 'grand bargain' – and what it means for the museum http://michiganradio.org/post/explaining-dias-grand-bargain-and-what-it-means-museum <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ninety-five years ago, the Detroit Institute of Arts was in deep, deep financial trouble.</span></p><p>It kept the doors open by turning over the building and its art to the thriving city of Detroit in exchange for annual funding.</p><p>And now it stands, poised to flip that arrangement upside down, hoping to cut Detroit's ownership of the DIA in order to protect its treasures from hungry creditors.</p><p>There's quite a long and complicated history between the DIA and the city.</p><p>And yet, despite nearly a century tied together, the reaction of Detroiters to the proposed spin-off of the DIA is pretty muted – certainly much different than the reaction when the state took over operations of Belle Isle.</p><p>Detroit Free Press writer Mark Stryker explored this in <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140309/OPINION05/303090057/Detroit-Institute-of-Arts-Bankruptcy-Kevyn-Orr-DIA">his piece</a> for last Sunday's paper.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:23:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16824 at http://michiganradio.org Explaining the DIA's 'grand bargain' – and what it means for the museum A rare Spanish painting rediscovered in Michigan now on display at the DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/rare-spanish-painting-rediscovered-michigan-now-display-dia <p>A&nbsp;17th century&nbsp;painting recently discovered in suburban Detroit is now on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</p><p>DIA&nbsp;Executive Director of Collection Strategies and Information Salvador&nbsp;Salort-Pons&nbsp;spotted “The Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness,” a painting by Spanish artist&nbsp;Bartolome&nbsp;Esteban&nbsp;Murillo&nbsp;last year while lecturing at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester.</p><p>The painting, which experts date to 1670, was purchased by Alfred and Matilda Wilson – the original owners of Meadow Brook Hall – in 1926. Matilda, the widow of Dodge co-founder John Francis Dodge, was a big art collector. She also co-founded the Oakland campus of Michigan State University, which is now Oakland University.</p><p>As part of a deal with OU,&nbsp;DIA&nbsp;conservators allowed art students at the university to get a rare glimpse of the entire conservation process. Though the museum often brings in high-school and college students, it's not often a group gets to watch a treatment from start to finish.</p><p>"Students were able to follow a full treatment and do this in more depth," Alfred Ackerman said, head of conservation at the museum.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:09:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16348 at http://michiganradio.org A rare Spanish painting rediscovered in Michigan now on display at the DIA Gov. Snyder has to sell Detroit bailout* to a skeptical Legislature – and quickly http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-has-sell-detroit-bailout-skeptical-legislature-and-quickly <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">* <em>"This is not a bailout</em>"</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Gov. Rick Snyder used the phrase “this is not a bailout” five times in the 26 minutes he used to announce the first details of a “grand bargain” to settle the Detroit bankruptcy and the fight over pension benefits.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The governor’s plan would commit as much as $350 million over 20 years to help dig Detroit out of bankruptcy and keep the assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts off the auction block.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The money would most likely come from what Michigan is getting from the national tobacco settlement, that 15-year-old cash cow that’s been tapped for college scholarships, economic development, Medicaid – the list goes on. And now it might be part of the Detroit bailout (but don’t call it a “bailout").</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So, there’s this plan and a revenue stream to go along with it. Now, the governor just has to sell it to the Legislature.The Michigan Constitution requires every dollar that goes to the state to go through the Legislature’s appropriations process.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">And we wouldn’t exactly call this a done deal or an easy sell.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After all, this is an election year. And Republicans, especially those west of Lansing and north of Clare, have little reason to go along with a political hot potato like aid for Detroit. At least two Senate Republicans, probably more, are looking at primaries. Plenty of House Republicans are also looking over their shoulders for a Tea Party primary challenge. Politically speaking, there are probably more reasons not to do this than to do this.</span> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:11:39 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 16168 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder has to sell Detroit bailout* to a skeptical Legislature – and quickly Gov. Snyder proposes cash infusion to save Detroit Institute of Arts http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-proposes-cash-infusion-save-detroit-institute-arts <p>Big news out of Lansing yesterday: Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed committing up to $350 million of state money to guarantee city of Detroit pension benefits and to keep Detroit Institute of Arts art off the auction block.</p><p>Big news, but not altogether surprising.</p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes has been writing about this possible cash infusion for weeks now. He joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:12:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 16155 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder proposes cash infusion to save Detroit Institute of Arts Stateside for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-jan-23-2014 <p>Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed committing up to $350 million of state money to guarantee city of Detroit pension benefits and to keep Detroit Institute of Arts' art off the auction block. On today's show, we spoke to Daniel Howes about what this cash infusion would mean.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>And, the recently passed farm bill is cutting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding&nbsp;by more than $4 billion over the next 10 years. We looked into how this cut will affect people in Michigan who rely on food assistance.</p><p>Also, we heard Andy Soper's&nbsp; story of failure from Failure:Lab Grand Rapids.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's unemployment rate dropped to 8.4% last month. That December number brings the state's 2013 average jobless rate to 8.7%. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>That's down from 8.9% the year before.</p><p>And that means Michigan's annual jobless rate has gone down now for three years in a row.</p><p>But are these numbers a good indication of how Michigan's overall economy is faring?</p><p>Ballard joined us today to help us answer that question.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:02:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 16156 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 Odds are against Snyder's attempt to save Detroit pensions and art http://michiganradio.org/post/odds-are-against-snyders-attempt-save-detroit-pensions-and-art <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a lot of rejoicing yesterday at the news that the governor had signed on to a so-called “grand bargain” to help save the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts.</span></p><p>Detroit is, of course, going through bankruptcy.</p><p>Creditors want as much as possible of the money owed them. Those counting on city pensions want to make sure they get their money, even if the DIA’s world-class collections have to be sold.<br /><br />Selling the art would be devastating not only to art lovers, but it might deal the city a cultural blow from which it could never recover.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:35:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16148 at http://michiganradio.org Odds are against Snyder's attempt to save Detroit pensions and art DIA helps us correct errors in an earlier broadcast http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-helps-us-correct-errors-earlier-broadcast <p>Yesterday, on Michigan Radio, we discussed the news that a group of philanthropists and foundations have raised more than $300 million to try to save works from the Detroit Institute of Arts and protect city worker pensions.</p><p>However, in the course of our conversation, we had a couple errors.</p><p>AnneMarie Erickson is the Chief Operating Officer of the Detroit Institute of Arts and she joined us to help clarify the situation.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16053 at http://michiganradio.org DIA helps us correct errors in an earlier broadcast The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-49 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley talk about Governor Rick Snyder's upcoming State of the State address, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/170-million-more-group-may-save-dia-art-sell">a new effort</a> to save Detroit pensions and the Detroit Institute of Arts, and how abortion right advocates are backing off<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/abortion-rights-advocates-won-t-attempt-repeal-right-life-backed-insurance-rider-law"> efforts </a>to block a law that requires women to buy a separate health insurance rider to cover abortions.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:03:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16028 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics DIA supporters seek $170 million more to save Detroit's art and pensions http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-supporters-seek-170-million-more-save-detroits-art-and-pensions <p></p><p>This next story is a call to anybody with $170 million to spare.</p><p>And a major fondness for art.</p><p>By now, you’ve heard about the group of philanthropists who’ve raised $330 million to strike a “grand bargain” with Detroit’s creditors.</p><p>Their goal is to raise half a billion dollars to save city-owned art at the Detroit Institute of Arts from being sold off in the city’s bankruptcy.</p><p>But that grand bargain may still require a small miracle.</p><p><strong>Fair or not, bankruptcy pitting art against pensioners</strong></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:48:02 +0000 Kate Wells 16009 at http://michiganradio.org DIA supporters seek $170 million more to save Detroit's art and pensions In this morning's headlines: Power in Flint City Council, Detroit swap deal, MEAP tests http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-power-flint-city-council-detroit-swap-deal-meap-tests <p><strong>Flint City Council could gain power back today</strong></p><p>The Flint city council has been largely powerless in the two years since the appointment of an emergency manager. But that begins to change this evening. Emergency manager Darnell Earley says the City Council will now be asked to get<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-start-path-self-governance"> more involved</a> in city decisions.</p><p><strong>Detroit swap deal to resume today</strong></p><p>"A bankruptcy court hearing on Detroit's renegotiated deal to pay off two banks in an interest rate swaps deal is scheduled to resume today," The Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Lawmakers to discuss which standardized test students will take this year</strong></p><p>"State lawmakers will begin hearings this week to determine which standardized test Michigan students will take starting next spring. State education officials say the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the only good option to replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program – or MEAP," Jake Neher reports.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:34:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15991 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Power in Flint City Council, Detroit swap deal, MEAP tests America's top female chess player to face off against kids tonight at the DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/americas-top-female-chess-player-face-against-kids-tonight-dia <p>America’s top female chess player will be competing against 50 children tonight at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</p><p>International Grandmaster Irina Krush will be playing simultaneous matches, or simul, against 50 members of the Detroit City Chess Club, the <a href="http://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/437748/US-women-s-chess-champ-to-take-on-kids-in-Detroit.html?isap=1&amp;nav=5014">Associated Press reported</a>. Members of the club, ranging from elementary school students to high schoolers, have earned impressive awards of their own, including two recent state titles.</p><p>In December, Detroit Public TV was awarded a <a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/pressroom/2013/pov-american-graduate-cpb-grants.php">national grant</a> to cover the Detroit City Chess Club, following the team and the impacts of chess on the students. The short documentary will be shown at the DIA later this year.</p><p>Can’t make it out to the DIA tonight for the chess extravaganza? No worries. For players looking to boost their chess skills at home, Krush released a series of pun-tastic training videos entitled “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1C96D6D58C2A95F7">Krushing</a><a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1C96D6D58C2A95F7"> Attacks</a>.”&nbsp;</p><p><em>- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:45:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15969 at http://michiganradio.org America's top female chess player to face off against kids tonight at the DIA What's more valuable, 5% of the DIA collection, or Detroiters' pensions? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-more-valuable-5-dia-collection-or-detroiters-pensions <p>That's one of the sad questions people are asking themselves in the face of Detroit's restructuring under Chapter 9 bankruptcy.</p><p>Detroit pensioners stand to lose their quality of life, and the community stands to lose a significant source of culture and pride.</p><p>All the interested parties are working closely with federal bankruptcy mediators to find a solution to the prickly question, but they needed information first.</p><p>Part of that information arrived this week.</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/Portals/0/docs/EM/Reports/City%20of%20Detroit_FMV%20appraisal_no%20images.pdf">Christie's delivered its final evaluation of part&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/Portals/0/docs/EM/Reports/City%20of%20Detroit_FMV%20appraisal_no%20images.pdf">of the art collection in the Detroit Institute of Arts</a>. The estimated value is somewhere between $454 million and $867 million - a fraction of Detroit's $18 billion debt.</span></p><p>The auction house only looked at part of the collection.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:24:59 +0000 Mark Brush 15767 at http://michiganradio.org What's more valuable, 5% of the DIA collection, or Detroiters' pensions? In this morning's headlines: The final bills of the year, DIA involved in bankruptcy talks http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-final-bills-year-dia-involved-bankruptcy-talks <p><strong>Anti-abortion coverage bill approved</strong></p><p>"The Michigan Legislature has approved a petition initiative that will require people to buy a separate health insurance policy for abortion coverage. The measure cannot be vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder. But it could be challenged via another petition drive," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislature-bans-abortion-coverage-standard-insurance-plans">reports.</a></p><p><strong>What bills could move through on the last day of session</strong></p><p>"Big legislation that could win final approval today would <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-set-expand-turnaround-district-struggling-schools">expand a state reform school district</a> to failing schools beyond Detroit and ease the potential <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-approves-bill-making-it-easier-end-landline-phone-service">discontinuation of traditional land line service</a>. Legislators also plan to update <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/issue-ad-and-campaign-finance-legislation-could-clear-state-legislature-2014">campaign laws</a> heading into an election year by doubling donation limits and keeping intact rules for political ads over objections from the secretary of state," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>DIA now involved in bankruptcy talks</strong></p><p>"The Detroit Institute of Arts has been allowed into talks on how to protect pieces in its collection during Detroit's bankruptcy. Museum officials say they're mobilizing public support to help implement a fundraising strategy that will meet the city's needs and ensure the well-being of the museum," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:16:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15654 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: The final bills of the year, DIA involved in bankruptcy talks Stateside for Monday, December 9th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-december-9th-2013 <p>The state House is expected to take up a controversial telecommunications bill.&nbsp;</p><p>The measure would let AT&amp;T end traditional landline phone service as long as there is Internet phone service that can take its place. But, in some rural areas in Michigan, Internet phone service can be spotty. On today's show, we took a look at what the legislation could mean for you.</p><p>Then, could private philanthropy save the art at the DIA?</p><p>And, how would Shakespeare’s play King Lear look like if it were set in Flint? One professor and her students found out.</p><p>Also, we spoke to meteorologist Mark Torregrossa about which parts of the state will be getting snow this week.</p><p>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat happens when a child is struggling to read at his or her grade level?</span></p><p>In too many cases, the student moves up a grade anyway and the struggle continues, resulting in high school graduates who are poor, ineffective readers. And that can impact that student's chances of going to college and then getting a job that provides a good level of pay over a lifetime.</p><p>There's a package of bills sponsored by Holland Republican Representative Amanda Price now working through the State that tries to tackle this problem. It's called the "read-or-flunk law."</p><p>In a nutshell, if third-grade kids aren't reading, hold them back.</p><p>Ron French reported on the pros and cons of these bills for Bridge Magazine, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:53:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15607 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, December 9th, 2013 Former Wayne State professor donates $5 million to the DIA and Detroit retirees http://michiganradio.org/post/former-wayne-state-professor-donates-5-million-dia-and-detroit-retirees <p>There's been a new development in the unfolding story about Federal Judge Gerald Rosen and his bid to protect the DIA collection and the pensions of Detroit city retirees.</p><p>Judge Rosen is serving as the mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy case. We've heard how he is trying to craft together a plan wherein at least 10 national and local charitable foundations would chip in to create a $500 million fund, a fund that could be leveraged to not only protect the DIA treasures but to lessen the pain of retiree pension cuts.</p><p>Late last week, a former Wayne State Chemistry professor stepped forward with an offer.</p><p>Dr. A. Paul Schaap developed a molecule that created light through chemistry. His discovery proved very useful in a wide range of medical tests. He then founded the company Lumigen, and he made many millions as a biotech entrepreneur.</p><p>Over the years, Paul Schaap has given many millions back to Wayne State, to Hope College, to professors and researchers. Now, Paul Schaap is donating $5 million to help the DIA and the city retirees.</p><p>Dr. A. Paul Schaap joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:21:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 15606 at http://michiganradio.org Former Wayne State professor donates $5 million to the DIA and Detroit retirees Will the DIA survive Detroit's bankruptcy? A Detroit News columnist shares his thoughts http://michiganradio.org/post/will-dia-survive-detroits-bankruptcy-detroit-news-columnist-shares-his-thoughts <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">What’s going to happen with the Detroit Institute of Arts?</p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">That’s the question on the minds of many Michiganders after the city of Detroit was deemed eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Tuesday.<o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><br />Daniel Howes, a business columnist with The Detroit News, talks with us about all things DIA — a recent appraisal of the institute’s collection, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s interest in the museum, and a possible rescue plan cooked up by a federal judge.</p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><em>Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:47:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 15555 at http://michiganradio.org Will the DIA survive Detroit's bankruptcy? A Detroit News columnist shares his thoughts