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DIA director to speak at U-M Detroit Museums Workshop

UMS president Kenneth C. Fischer will step down at the end of 2016-17 season after 30 years.

Today, the city of Detroit is once again taking its place at the heart of the United States’ cultural landscape—as a center of creativity, imagination, artistic production and social activism. Playing a key role in the new-found optimism that is taking root in Detroit are the city’s museums. Old and new institutions—from the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Michigan Science Center, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, the Belle Isle Conservancy, and many other established and emerging museums and cultural institutions—have been infused with new energy, fueled by exciting leaders and a renewed interest in the potential offered by Detroit’s public spaces.

Diego Rivera mural, courtesy Detroit Institute of Arts

Diego Rivera mural, courtesy Detroit Institute of Arts.

The University of Michigan Museum Studies Program is pleased to host a half-day event exploring the myriad ways that Detroit’s museums are shaping the city’s present and future. This multi-format three-hour program features museum leaders and emerging professionals who will share their vision and contributions to this important work. Speakers include Dr. Tonya Matthews (President and CEO, Michigan Science Center), Director Salvador Salort-Pons (Director, President, and CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts), art historian and artist, Professor Jeffrey Abt (Wayne State University), and three emerging leaders from Wayne State University’s Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program.

The event takes place on April 15, 2106 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m in the Helmut Stern auditorium at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), located at 525 S. State St. in Ann Arbor. The event is free and open to the public.

Follow or participate in the conversation by using the hashtag #umichtalks at the event.

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