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A voice for the arts, and social justice, joins the National Gallery of Art board; Ford Foundation President Darren Walker: "I truly believe that the arts allow us to see the humanity of other people."

Jan 08, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs
Board and Executive Moves

Late in 2014, the city of Detroit emerged from a bankruptcy that had threatened to destroy what little was left of its social bonds. Municipal workers had been told they might lose their pensions, and the city-owned Detroit Institute of Arts faced the possible sale of its entire collection. A "grand bargain" mediated by a U.S. District Court judge saved the city, including most of the promised pensions and all of the museum's art. Central to making that grand bargain work was Darren Walker, pres...