The Detroit area is comprised of so many dynamic cultural pockets that celebrate the diverse ancestral heritage of the city’s residents. There is Mexicantown, Corktown, Poletown, Banglatown to name only a few. Olayami Dabls, 2011 Kresge Arts in Detroit Visual Arts Fellow, “…wanted to create a place for Africa in Detroit” when he and S. Jill Miller founded MBAD African Bead Museum “in 1985…” which is located at 6559 Grand River in Northwest Detroit.
The museum’s “…mission is to build and organize collections of beads, beadworks, textiles, sculptures and other cultural relics which exemplify the vastness of the African people’s material culture. With this focus, the museum is committed to presenting exhibitions, publications, and public programming, as well as serve as a resource center” (mbad.org).
Learn more about Olayami Dabls and MBAD African Bead Museum in a piece written by Stephanie Held in Daily Detroit, HERE.
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