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Support For The Arts Shown ByThree Generous Gifts To The DIA

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced today that it has received three generous contributions: a $500,000 endowment from former Detroit Public Schools (DPS) teacher Ruth T. Cattell; a sponsorship from AT&T for the DIA’s popular Jazz Fridays; and a $50,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an agency of the federal government. The three gifts fund a wide range of activities in the museum, each contributing to the common goal of furthering the arts in metropolitan Detroit.

“I’m very pleased to see such diverse sectors of our community investing in the arts,” said Graham W. J. Beal, director of the DIA. “This generous support displays a vote of confidence in the museum and the donors’ gifts benefit not only current visitors, but ensure that the arts will be available for future generations to enjoy.”

The gift from the Cattell estate will endow the Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition, a tradition at the DIA since 1937. Cattell, who died recently at the age of 99, added the DIA to her estate in 2003 in keeping with her lasting dedication to the enrichment and education of Detroit students through art. Cattell taught in DPS elementary classrooms for 42 years.

AT&T will sponsor the crowd-attracting Jazz Fridays at the DIA for three months, beginning in September. The sponsorship will provide funds for the museum to continue booking top-quality performers, artist instructors and DIA studio supplies and staff. AT&T has a long history of support for the DIA with its involvement in the museum’s matching gift campaign, sponsorship of major exhibitions and the funding of past educational programs.

This April, the DIA received a 2004 Conservation Project Support (CPS) grant from IMLS, providing the museum with $50,000 for new compact mobile shelving units to house its extensive collection of prints, drawings and photographs. Of the 186 applicants for the grant, the DIA was one of the 66 institutions that received funds. The museum’s graphic arts collection contains more than 32,000 works, which are the DIA’s most environmentally sensitive objects. The grant from IMLS will enable the museum to preserve these treasures for generations to come.