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Sunday, December 9, 2012
A former Macomb Township state representative is among those who say "no" to additional charges, recently filing a lawsuit against the DIA to decide this point once and for all.
When Macomb County residents passed the Art Institute Authority millage in August, free admission to the Detroit Institute of Arts was promised to every resident in return, including those in Macomb Township. Just four months later, that promise is being challenged in Macomb County Circuit Court. On Thursday, members of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, including former Macomb Township state representative Leon Drolet, filed a lawsuit against the DIA, challenging that the museum breached its free admission agreement, according to court records. The lawsuit claims that the museum denied Drolet and other Macomb County residents free admission to the special exhibit, "Faberge: The Rise and Fall", thus violating its promise to provide "…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Former state representative Leon Drolet is one of five Macomb County residents to file a lawsuit against the Detroit Institute of Arts claiming they were denied the free admission promised to county residents after passage of the August millage.
A Macomb Township man, along with four other Macomb County residents, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Detroit Institute of Arts claiming that the museum denied the five free admission to the Faberge exhibit. The lawsuit, filed in Macomb County Circuit Court, argues that this denial violates the museum's promise of free admission to residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties following passage of the DIA millage in August, The Detroit Free Press Reports. Former state representative Leon Drolet of Macomb Township, Simon Haddad of Clinton Township, Judy and Dennis Buchholtz of Warren, and Philis DeSaele of Sterling Heights are all listed as plaintiffs on the lawsuit, according to court records. In the lawsuit, Drolet, Hadded and …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
All Macomb County residents are welcome to apply for this appointment. The Macomb County Art Institute Authority will accept applications until 5 p.m., Sept. 28.
It may have been by less than 1 percent, but the Detroit Institute of Arts millage did pass in Macomb County, giving the Macomb County Art Institute Authority the power to nominate two voting members for the DIA's board of directors. Per the contract between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Macomb County Art Institute Authority, the authority has the right to nominate two individuals for appointment by the DIA to its board. The authority is currently seeking interested applicants. Those wishing to apply need only be a Macomb County resident and a paying member of the DIA. If selected, the appointed residents would be required to attend the DIA board meetings held at 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday in February, May, July, September …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Absentee ballots counted for half of all votes cast in Macomb Township on the DIA millage and other races that appeared on the Aug. 7 primary ballot.
The DIA millage may have passed in Macomb County Aug. 7, but just 8 percent of that approval came from residents in Macomb Township. Of Macomb Township’s 35 precincts, only nine passed the proposed 10-year tax of 0.2 mills, with Precinct 20 passing the measure by just one vote. Precincts in southwest Macomb generally supported the millage, while northern and eastern precincts rejected the proposal without exception (See precinct map attached). Between absentee ballots and Election Day votes, 12,187 township votes (a 22.3 percent voter turnout) were cast on the Arts Authority Millage, of which 6,046 were a resounding “No.” Just over half of these “No” votes came in the form of absentee ballots. But Macomb’s opposition to the millage wasn’t…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Here are some of the displays that residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county can now see for free at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
After tri-county voters passed the DIA millage in the election yesterday, the Detroit Insititue of Arts wants to make sure that residents get their money's worth. “When we announced that we would seek the millage, we pledged that if it were to pass we would provide free admission to residents of all three counties. We are immediately following through on that pledge," said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director, in a press release. Tri-county voters approved a tax of 0.2 mills for the next 10 years to fund the arts authority, so admission is now free to residents of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb county residents. Here are some of the special exhibits that residents can see: A painting by Johannes Vermeer on loan from the National Gallery of Art in …
The millage passed narrowly with 50.5 percent of the vote in Macomb County.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Detroit Institute of Arts millage passed in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties on Tuesday.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, anyone in the tri-county area can visit the Detroit Institute of Arts for free. The former admission fee has been tossed to the wind thanks to voters in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties passing the Arts Authority Millage, more commonly known as the DIA millage, on Tuesday. Tri-county voters approved a tax of 0.2 mills for the next 10 years to fund the arts authority. “We feel wonderful,” said Annmarie Erickson, the DIA’s chief operating officer. “We want to thank voters throughout the area with coming out for such a strong showing of support. We are so deeply appreciative of the work of our staff and volunteers and everyone who got behind this campaign and pushed it forward to a successful completion.” A Party …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Visitors with mustaches receive free general admission to the Detroit Institute of Arts Aug. 3-5.
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is offering free museum admission to any visitor who wears a mustache—real or fake—from Friday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 5 during regular museum hours. The promotion celebrates the eccentric appearance of Salvador Dalí, whose painting Soft Construction with Boiled Beans is currently on view in the DIA’s exhibition Five Spanish Masterpieces. This weekend, visitors can enjoy a variety of museum programs, including The Dalí Project—a puppet performance that explores Dalí’s embrace of the subconscious through various forms of puppetry—presented by Puppet Junction. Schedule of performances: Performances on Friday and Saturday are appropriate for adults only; Sunday’s performance is appropriate for ages 8 and up…
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Planning to stay in Macomb Township for Memorial Day Weekend? Here are five family-friendly events and activities that don't require too much travel.
The swimming pools, beaches and spraygrounds at Lake St. Clair Metropark and Stony Creek Metropark are all open. The swimming pool at the Macomb Township Recreation Center has modified hours on Memorial Day (May 28): open swim, noon-4 p.m.; lap swim, 6 a.m.-noon. A vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors or $5 daily. The Summer Sounds concert series returns to The Mall at Partridge Creek this weekend. The carnival runs May 25 through June 10. The fair cinludes thrill rides, such as White Water Flame, Enterprise, Fire Ball, Zyclon Roller Coaster, Drag Strip Slide, Fighter and Twister, as well as plenty of kiddie rides, skill games, fair food and more. Kids …