This would be a shame for art lovers everywhere, and would not solve Detroit's problems. Recently I learned of a petition we can sign online to at least express our viewpoint of this terrible idea.
I've signed it, and I've forwarded the link to my artist friends. Please consider visiting this site and signing as well As an artist or art lover, whether from this area or from another city or state, you owe it to the next generations to prevent this collection from being ravaged.
The Petition states:
There is talk of selling art owned by the City of Detroit, contained within the Detroit Institute of Arts, to pay off the city's debt. This to me would like New York City selling the Statue of Liberty, or Washington D.C. selling the Washington Monument. If we designate the Detroit Institute of Arts, including all of the treasures within, as a national monument, this would protect and preserve them for future generations.
Please follow this link to sign the petition. SIGN HERE
Or leave me a comment if you have a good reason NOT to sign, I'm interested.
Thanks so much.