Detroit museums face budget cuts

April 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM
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DETROIT, April 14 (UPI) -- The famed Detroit Institute of Art stands to lose its remaining city subsidy under a budget presented to the city council by Mayor Dave Bing.

Other institutions, including the Detroit Zoo and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, will have their subsidies cut 12 percent, The Detroit News reported. The art institute will go from a $375,000 subsidy to nothing.

The bulk of income for all the institutions comes from private donations and other revenue. All have made budget cuts because of previous cuts in subsidies and a decline in corporate giving during the economic slowdown.

Naomi Patton, Bing's spokeswoman, said she could not comment on individual cases. She also said the numbers could change before the final budget proposal is released next Friday.

The art institute was founded in 1885. The best-known works in its extensive collection are a series of murals, "Detroit Industry," by left-wing Mexican artist Diego Rivera, which were commissioned for the museum by Edsel Ford in 1932.

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