Fela Kuti

Community wide initiative to promote diversity and eliminate racism while
educating the public about the impact of Fela Kuti's work on his country and the world.

The Fela Kuti Mosaic Mural Program, sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation, was a community-wide program designed to educate students in Metro Detroit and the general public about the impact of Fela Kuti’s work on his country and the world. The program also highlighted DTE Energy’s commitment to promoting diversity and eliminating racism. Participants were given the opportunity to become stakeholders in the cause to eliminate social injustice in the Metro Detroit community, the country and the world.

The 6’x4′ mosaic mural is made up of 2,000 artworks, contributed by local high school students and DTE Energy employees and reflects the important themes that participants learned. The mosaic mural was on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan as part of the Fela Kuti collection.

To be a part of this project, to carry the legacy of Fela Kuti is an amazing honor, to the music he left, to the activism that he left was something that I really want to go into for the rest of my life, so to really participate in such a cause through this mural is something that is one of the best things I have ever experienced.

Participants are be able to access the mosaic mural online in the Project S.N.A.P. Online Art Museum, and see how their artwork fits into the “big picture” as well as the artist’s statement that they wrote.