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Comcast Furnishes The DIA With A Substantial Donation

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) offices have moved temporarily from the north wing of the museum to the Rackham building (on Farnsworth Street) with the help of a generous donation from Comcast Corporation. Steelcase Inc., the furniture manufacturer, initiated the negotiations for Comcast to donate approximately $500,000 in office furniture for the DIA’s temporary office space, which is necessary as the museum undergoes renovation.

“We are very grateful for Comcast’s generous donation,” said Graham W. J. Beal, director of the DIA. “This cut the cost for the temporary relocation nearly in half, and freed up precious funds for other aspects of our building renovation.”

Navigating Business Space, a Rochester Hills-based furniture consultant and commercial space designing firm, donated much of their time to help the DIA design its temporary quarters. Ardyce Conley, Steelcase marketing manager, knew that Comcast had a large quantity of office furniture they could no longer use, and also knew the DIA was in need of furniture for its move to Rackham. She put the two organizations in touch and the furniture was on the move.

“Comcast is happy to support organizations such as the DIA that continuously work to make our communities stronger,” said Linda Hossinger, Comcast’s Michigan region senior vice president. “We hope this donation helps meet an immediate need for the museum.”

Most of the furniture previously used in the DIA’s offices is now in storage. When the renovation is completed in late 2005, the museum will find a new use for the Comcast furniture.

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Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.