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Contact:

Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
(517) 335-4590
achtenbergk@michigan.org

Olayami Dabls, Founder
Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum
mbadmuseum@yahoo.com
(313) 898-3007

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 6, 2017

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Dabls' African Bead Museum: Townhouse Renovation Project in Detroit

$50,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative

LANSING, Mich. – The Dabls’ African Bead Museum will soon expand its space and function to a vacant rowhouse on its Detroit West Side property with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Dabls’ MBAD African Bead Museum, and Allied Media Projects announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by December 31, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: http://www.patronicity.com/mbad.

“This campaign will create a new space within an existing cultural gem of our state,” said MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “The Public Spaces Community Places program is pleased to provide resources for and serve as a partner on this effort.”

MBAD African Bead Museum began in 1994 as the culmination of the ideas of one man, Olayami Dabls. Occupying almost an entire city block, the MBAD African Bead Museum houses 18 outdoor installations as well as the African Bead Gallery, N'kisi House and African Language Wall. 

Funding raised during this campaign will support the renovation of a rowhouse that will allow for free rotating exhibitions of African material culture from Dabls' extensive collection of beads and artifacts, as well as immersive public spaces for gathering and events. This space will further foster African-based arts education for local children through partnerships with schools and museums.

“Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum is pleased about receiving the PSCP funding, which matches individual donations,” said Dabls, founder of Dabls’ MBAD African Bead Museum. “It will allow us to further our mission to offer African-based education in a neighborhood setting, and to continue the positive impact and exposure to the arts in the city of Detroit.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply at https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.

“One way to do effective placemaking is to build on existing assets,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “Dabls’ MBAD African Bead Museum is certainly an amazing asset in Detroit. With the public’s support, an expanded Dabls will allow it to continue to be a source of community pride for years to come.”

The Public Spaces Community Places initiative started in 2014 with MEDC providing matched funding of up to $50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of October 31, 2017, MEDC has provided $4,117,333 in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 143 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with nearly $5 million raised from 25,980 individual donors.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community and talent development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org. For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org. Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at www.mitalent.org for more information on Michigan’s online marketplace for connecting job seekers and employers. Join the conversation on: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.

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