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Buddy’s Pizza supports Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre and Interpretive Programs Volunteers - Media invited to interview Buddy’s owner, Robert Jacobs, at event Feb. 9—with free pizza!

Monday, February 06, 2012

(Detroit)—Buddy’s Pizza, a long-standing Detroit institution, is sponsoring two programs at another long-standing institution, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Buddy’s is supporting the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) and the Interpretive Programs Volunteers (IPV), also referred to as docents, who provide museum tours and talks to schools and adult groups.

Robert Jacobs, owner of Buddy’s Pizza and DIA board member, is happy to provide support to an institution that is dear to his heart. “I love the museum, especially the docent program,” said Mr. Jacobs. “These hard-working volunteers go through a rigorous, nine-month training in order to provide tours for visitors in the museum and presentations for schools and adult community groups. With the knowledgeable assistance of the docents, visitors gain a more informed understanding and appreciation of the art, which greatly enriches the entire personal experience.”

Susan Troia, who trains the docent volunteers, appreciates Buddy’s support. “We are gratified that Mr. Jacobs recognizes the hard work, dedication, and service to the community, including thousands of schoolchildren, provided by our teaching volunteers,” said Troia. “Mr. Jacobs’s generosity reaches both inside and outside the museum walls, and benefits our community at large.”

Buddy’s is also sponsoring the DIA’s popular Detroit Film Theatre. The DFT is one of the 10 best-attended contemporary and classic film exhibition sites in the United States. DFT programming, described by Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert as “brilliant,” continues to appeal to diverse ages and cultural groups.

“Buddy’s and the Detroit Film Theatre are both unique, home-grown Detroit-area traditions whose standards and service have never slackened, despite their increasing popularity through the years,” said Elliot Wilhelm, DIA film curator. “Having the support of Buddy’s in what we do at the DFT—which is now in its 38th year—seems to me both a perfect fit and a cause for celebration.”

The DFT regularly premieres movies that go on to receive critical and popular acclaim, including “Shoah,” “The Crying Game,” “Ran,” “My Left Foot,” “The Thin Blue Line” and “The Piano.”

Mr. Jacobs will be available for interviews on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a Founders Junior Council and Friends of Detroit Film Theatre event of a private viewing of Academy Award® nominated short films. Buddy’s pizza will be served and media are welcome to stay for the screening, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Enter at John R street door. PLEASE RSVP to Pam Marcil: pmarcil@dia.org or 313-833-7899.

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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.