DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Institute of Arts Wednesday announced its new director and CEO, Salvador Salort-Pons, a renowned curator and scholar. He is promising to be accessible to the public.

“Wherever I can talk to the communities; schools, libraries, any place where I am called, any place where people want to learn about the DIA I want to be present and I want to tell them their support is so important,”

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As for how much Salort-Pons will be paid, Board Chairman Gene Gargaro deliberately avoided a figure.

“It’s below the median range of other Art Directors who are paid in comparable museums,” said Gargaro.

Salort-Pons’ hiring comes as Macomb and Oakland Art Authorities consider $49,000 in raises for three top executives including outgoing director Graham Beal. There was outrage in 2013 when $90,000 in bonuses was paid after taxpayers agreed to support the museum.

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Salort-Pons says “I do understand and I hear it and I think this will not be a problem in the future.”

When asked to clarify he says that he’ll communicate the information – everything is going to be public — that I know.

The salary will be officially announced when Salort-Pons takes over on October 15, he has worked with the DIA since 2008. He is also the Executive Director of Collection Stratages.

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Art is not only good for the soul says Salort-Pons — it also brings them together.