October 30, 2019
LANSING – To recognize the creative talents of Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students and the 82nd Student Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Attorney General Nessel today hosted a reception for students whose artwork has decorated the walls of the Office of Michigan Attorney General throughout the summer.
Twenty-eight students along with family members and 13 art teachers from DPSCD took the bus trip to Lansing, toured the Michigan Historical Center and Museum and then were escorted to see their art in the G. Mennen Williams Building. The visit ended with a pizza lunch and group photograph with Attorney General Nessel.
“It’s been a delight to view the art skills of these amazing students from the Detroit Public Schools Community District over the last few months,” said Nessel. “Every student’s art is a reflection of themselves and we’ve all enjoyed their work immensely. We owe much appreciation to the director of the DIA – Salvador Salort-Pons – for bringing this display to our office. It’s a great partnership which benefited all of us.”
Since June, 31 pieces of DPSCD student art have been on loan to the department and have lined the walls of the Lansing office.
“We were thrilled to expand the long-running partnership between the DIA and DPSCD to the Attorney General’s office and I am glad these talented students' work has been showcased in the Capital City,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “Over the past 82 years, the DIA has featured thousands of works of art by Detroit students. We’re proud that a selection of art from this year’s exhibition was showcased at the Attorney General’s office and congratulate them on this special recognition.”
“One cannot see our students' artwork at the Detroit Institute of the Arts and not be impressed with their talent and insight,” said Nikolai Vitti, superintendent at DPSCD. “It was an honor to know that our Attorney General displayed that same work in Lansing. More importantly, it is a great opportunity for our students to once again have their work showcased.”
Attorney General Nessel signed certificates for the students to formally acknowledge their accomplishments and the art will now be returned to the DIA.