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Grosse Pointe Residents to Sit on DIA Board as Part of Millage Promise

The Detroit Institute of Arts named two Grosse Pointe residents—Amy DeBrunner and Andrea Dickson—to its board of directors as part of an agreement following the August millage.

The Detroit Institute of Arts named Amy DeBrunner of Grosse Pointe Park and Andrea Dickson to its board as part of an agreement following the DIA’s successful millage in August.

DeBrunner and Dickson were two of 11 members named to the Detroit Institute of Arts board of directors at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

DeBrunner is the executive director of the Grosse Pointe Artist Association and former executive director at Creative Aging, according to a press release from the DIA.

Dickson is a former executive vice president and chief of staff at Wayne State University.

In August, voters passed a 10-year tax of 0.2 mills to support the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

In return for this financial support, residents and school groups from the three counties that supported the millage (Macomb, Oakland and Wayne) receive free admission to the museum for the next decade.

Also as part of the August millage, the art institute authorities established in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties each appointed two members to the board: Wayne County, Hubert Massey and DeBrunner; Macomb County, Lillian Demas and Ritzenhein; and Oakland County, Jennifer Fischer and Thomas Guastello.

Also joining the board are Dickson, Antoine Garibaldi, Mary Kramer, Linda Orlans and Irvin Reid. Re-elected are Nicole Eisenberg, Mary Ann Gorlin, Reuben Munday, Meryl Podolsky, Sandra Seligman, Rhonda Welburn and Henry Wineman. Several long-time board members were elected to emeritus status: Andrew L. Camden, Elaine C. Driker, David E. Meador, John W. Stroh III and Amanda Van Dusen.

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