DIA Urges Detroit to Stay Away from Art Collection
by Joel R. Glucksman on September 6, 2013
Several creditors and pension groups have teamed up to challenge the constitutionality of the Detroit bankruptcy filing. Although the Detroit Institute of Art has opted out of the objections, it released a statement discouraging the city from including its multimillion-dollar art collection in the bankruptcy proceedings.
Prior to its petition for protection under Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy law, the appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr had requested a valuation of the DIA's art collection, fueling fears that it might be used as leverage in the bankruptcy proceedings. However, the DIA has taken the position that, although it supports the city's decision to seek out municipal bankruptcy, the collection belongs to the State of Michigan, rather than to the city itself, and should therefore not be included in any financial negotiations with Detroit's creditors.
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