The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced today that Toyota Motor North America pledged $1 million toward the DIA’s commitment to raise $100 million as part of a “grand bargain” that will help the City of Detroit emerge from bankruptcy, support city pensioners and protect the museum’s art collection for the public.
“Toyota has demonstrated
its commitment to Detroit and Michigan by doing its part to secure the
DIA’s future while helping Detroit’s retirees,” said Eugene A. Gargaro
Jr., DIA board chairman. "We are extremely grateful for Toyota’s
generous support and know that it will motivate other donors and help
pave the way for a bright future, both for the City of Detroit and the
“Detroit and the surrounding areas are vitally important
to the automotive community. They deserve our support,” said Simon
Nagata, president of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc.
“Together we can find solutions to help Detroit become the healthy and
vibrant community that reflects the spirit of its people. This
commitment is a way to demonstrate our gratitude to the people who have
built this industry and support us every day.”
The grand bargain
will provide Detroit’s pensioners more than $800 million from the DIA,
local and national foundations and the State of Michigan over a 20-year
period. The funds will be directed to a supporting organization of the
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and then disbursed for city
pension payments over the next 20 years. As part of the grand bargain,
the City of Detroit will transfer ownership of the DIA’s collection,
building and related assets to the private nonprofit corporation that
currently operates the museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Inc.