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Danny Glover honored guest at Detroit Institute of Arts’ 48th annual Bal Africain® - Friends of African and African American Art celebrating 50th anniversary year

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) auxiliary Friends of African and African American Art (FAAAA) presents the 48th annual gala fundraiser Bal Africain® with special guest Danny Glover. The event is June 15 from 6 to 11 p.m. and this year’s theme is “The Whole World is a Stage … the Art of Performance.” This year’s event marks the culmination of events held to celebrate FAAAA’s 50th anniversary year. Proceeds benefit the DIA.

Danny Glover, whose career as an actor and director spans four decades, has touched generations of film, theater and television audiences with his award winning performances. In addition to his numerous professional credentials, Glover is well known and admired for his humanitarian contributions as a philanthropist and political activist.

“We are excited to welcome Danny Glover as our honored guest this year,” said Gail Ross, FAAAA chairperson. “He embodies the mission of our support of the visual and performing arts across the Diaspora, and we are so pleased that he accepted our invitation to be part of this festive celebration at the DIA.”

Honorary chairs for Bal African® are Robert and Maggie Allessee. Sponsors include Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation, General Motors Company, Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Comerica Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Macy’s, MGM Grand Detroit and St. John Providence Health System.

The menu for the elegant affair is an assortment of scrumptious African fare that includes Algerian roast chicken roti, North African smoked squash, couscous timbale with pistachios, scallions and currants, and honey and cardamom bread pudding.

$500      6 p.m.        Valet parking at Woodward entrance
                               Cocktail reception with Danny Glover, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, dessert
                               and dancing
$350      6:30 p.m.    Valet parking at Woodward entrance
                               Cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, dessert and dancing
$100/person 9 p.m.   Valet parking at Woodward entrance
$175/couple              Light hors d'oeuvres and dancing

Tickets are available by calling 313-833-4005 or by going to

About Friends of African and African American Art
Since 1962 the Friends of African and African American Art have continued to promote the appreciation and understanding of the rich culture and artistic legacies of Africa, African Americans and the African Diaspora. Revenue generated from Bal Africain® is used by FAAAA to sponsor exhibitions, lectures, fund educational programs and to acquire works of art for the DIA’s African, African American and other African diasporic collections.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899