DIA to honor judge’s ‘grand bargain’ doodle

The Detroit News

Detroit — A judge’s doodle that marked the beginning of the “grand bargain” in Detroit’s historic bankruptcy will be featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts during a private event next month.

The museum is hosting an invitation-only event April 10 to celebrate the sketch by Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen, who led a federal mediation team.

The doodle laid the conceptual groundwork for creation of a fund to shore up city pensions and protect DIA artwork from sale during the bankruptcy. The $816 million deal included contributions from state taxpayers, private foundations and DIA donors.

On a legal pad, Rosen drew a box, labeled it “ART,” wrote “State” to the left and “Pensions” to the right, people who saw the sketch have told The Detroit News.