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“I truly believe that the arts allow us to see the humanity of other people, and only then can we imagine a more just world…”

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“I truly believe that the arts allow us to see the humanity of other people, and only then can we imagine a more just world. If we want a more just society, we’ve got to have a more empathetic society.”

Darren Walker, philanthropist, member of the National Gallery of Art board

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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, president of the Ford Foundation.

Walker, who became president of the $13 billion foundation in…

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