If there’s one thing you should know about this Detroit Girl In A New York World, it’s that I’m a media buff. I particularly like…no LOVE when media is being used to promote the beauty of Detroit and when it’s being used to educate our youth. With that said I’d like to introduce you all to Finding Mona Lisa 313. Created by Jocelyn Rainey, Finding Mona Lisa is the story of a program of the same name that exposes Detroit youth the beauty of art. In their own words:
Dedicated to instilling the importance of art and art history in the youth of Detroit, Finding Mona Lisa allows for students to explore the places and cultures that have produced some of the world’s greatest works of art. By providing a context for these masterworks, students have an opportunity to experience the study of art history beyond text and still images. As a result, students obtain a true understanding and appreciation for other cultures, celebrating their similarities and respecting their differences. Finding Mona Lisa not only improves the quality of life of each student, but also the lives of their families and their community. We make the world their classroom!
I can’t even express to you all how much I love this right now. Our youth deserve to see THE WORLD. The best classroom IS the world. And the world needs to see the great work they are doing. Please SUPPORT Jocelyn and Finding Mona Lisa as they work towards completing their documentary. $1, $5, whatever you can. And if you can’t, then please spread the word. Let’s show the positive side of The D.
Listen to Jocelyn as she speaks at TEDx Detroit about educating our youth about the arts.