A Tradition of Outstanding Corporate Support

The DaimlerChrysler Corporation and its philanthropic arm, the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, have been longtime, generous supporters of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The company’s involvement with the museum goes back well into the last century. K. T. Keller, Chrysler Corporation’s former president and chairman, served on the museum’s governing board from 1942 until his death in 1966. A 1964 gift from the company was for the ARTmobile tractor-trailer, a mobile art education unit that helped bring the Detroit Institute of Arts’ programs to new areas of the community. The company was also one of the early supporters of Under the Stars, the museum’s annual fundraiser now in its 26th year.

DaimlerChrysler also has a long history of exhibition sponsorship, and has given support for some of the DIA’s most successful shows. Splendors of Ancient Egypt, one of the largest exhibitions ever mounted by the DIA, attracted nearly 300,000 people during its six-month run in 1997. Other exhibitions sponsored by DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund include The Invisible Made Visible: Angels from the Vatican in 1998, Van Gogh: Face to Face in 2000, Degas and the Dance in 2002, and On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the DaimlerChrysler Collection in 2003.

The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund has also given generously to each of the museum’s major fundraising campaigns, with gifts of $1.1 million to the Partnership for Renewal in 1991 and $5 million to the recent “A New Day at Your DIA” campaign.

The DIA recognized DaimlerChrysler and the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund in 2003 with the DIA’s Lifetime Service Award. The award was granted to the company for its long involvement with the museum, its sponsorship of important exhibitions, and its exceptional generosity over many years.

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