Racing to the Motor City: Art History Took Me to Detroit!

November was a magical month full of saving the arts and loving the arts.

To keep art history alive in this era of budget cuts, I wrote a children’s art history book entitled Once Upon a Masterpiece: An Art History Adventure in 2011. With a $1,000 grant, I have donated copies of Once Upon a Masterpiece to the School District of Philadelphia, which is suffering from severe cutbacks, and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), which may be forced to sell off artwork in the midst of Detroit’s battle with bankruptcy.

On November 12, 2013, I was honored that my efforts were the subject of a column in The Detroit News. But the excitement did not stop there – when a DIA board member read the column, he invited me to visit the DIA and paid for my airfare! On November 21, 2013, my trip to Detroit was a once-in-a-lifetime experience: I received a personal tour of the DIA’s gorgeous collection, I met with museum officials, and I was even driven around town in a limo. The DIA invited the press when I came to visit, and I had a blast getting to talk about my project. Check out the television segment that aired on Detroit NBC’s news and an article from The Macomb Daily!

The trip was nothing short of a whirlwind, as I woke up in Philadelphia at dawn and returned to Philadelphia at dusk. Going to the DIA was truly one of the highlights of my life, as my alarm from that morning may suggest!