Detroit museum plan would aim to prevent art sale

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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DETROIT (AP) - Lobbyists for the Detroit Institute of Arts plan to continue seeking a buy-in from Gov. Rick Snyder on a proposal to stave off any effort to sell art work to satisfy part of Detroit's debt.

Chief Operating Officer Annmarie Erickson says Friday that the proposal is a "draft" and that DIA representatives already have been told it's a "political non-starter."

It calls for the state to give Detroit an unspecified amount of money over a number of years to cover up to $500 million museum officials say they've been told is needed to avert a sale of city-owned pieces.

Detroit's emergency manager filed for bankruptcy this summer. He has said creditors may seek to claim city assets.

The Associated Press left messages Friday seeking comment from Snyder's office.

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