Detroit museum plan would aim to prevent art sale

DETROIT (AP) - Lobbyists for the Detroit Institute of Arts plan to continue seeking a buy-in from Gov. Rick Snyder on a proposal to prevent the sale of art to satisfy part of Detroit's debt.

Chief Operating Officer Annmarie Erickson says Friday that the proposal is a "draft" and that DIA representatives already have been told it's a "political non-starter."

It calls for the state to give Detroit an unspecified amount of money over a number of years to cover up to $500 million. Museum officials say they've been told that amount is needed to avert a sale of city-owned pieces.

A spokesman for Snyder says Friday the governor doesn't remember receiving a formal proposal.

Detroit's emergency manager filed for bankruptcy this summer.