On April 3, Judge John C. Foster of the Macomb County (Michigan) Circuit Court dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) over its admissions policy.
On August 7, 2012, voters in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb had approved a ten-year millage increase to support the DIA. The property tax—a 0.2 mil levy—granted residents of the three counties unlimited free general admission to the DIA and other benefits.
Free general admission, however, did not mean free admission to all the DIA exhibits. Five Macomb County residents were denied entry on December 1, 2012, to the timed and ticketed exhibition Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, which had an admission charge of $15. They filed the suit on December 6.
When the suit was filed, the DIA released a statement: “Throughout the millage campaign, the DIA was clear that free admission would not apply to all DIA activities, and that visitors would still need to purchase tickets to programs such as Brunch with Bach, films at the Detroit Film Theater, and special exhibitions.”
The judge granted the DIA summary disposition, dismissed the case, and denied the plaintiffs’ request to amend their complaint. A settlement conference, scheduled for April 18, was canceled.
Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest