Conscience of Human Spirit: Special Event in Qunu
Dreamfuel (Abie Collins and Alberic Vollmer) and Bonke Tyhulu (director of Nelson Mandela Museum) created an outdoor event to bring to new, local audiences a museum-based resource. This was a collaboration between the MSU Museum and the Nelson Mandela Museum, in partnership with the Women of Color Quilters Network and a group of South African artists. They created an exhibition of quilts in tribute to Nelson Mandela. In a new iteration of this project, DreamFuel projected images from the exhibition catalogue onto a wall of a rondavel located in Qunu, birthplace of Nelson Mandela. The Nelson Mandela Museum operates an education center in Qunu. DreamFuel and NMM are now looking at other venues to show this visual pop-up resource as a community/museum event and connection.
Spartan Marching Band: Global Africa Halftime
MSU’s Africa-centered half-time show is an artistic collaboration between our guest artist consultant, Benjamin Ayettey from the National Dance Ensemble of Ghana, and the Spartan Marching Band. This show was the kick off to a yearlong celebration of connections between Michigan State University and Africa, inclusive of the global community of the African diaspora.
Ubuntutu Quilt Exhibition
The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and Michigan State University Museum, in association with quilt artists in South Africa and the United States, have partnered to develop an exhibition and accompanying publication to pay tribute to the indelible contributions that Archbishop Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu have made in addressing human rights in South Africa and around the world.
Africa Past and Present: The Podcast about African History, Culture, and Politics
Africa Past and Present (AFRIPOD) is a podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora. The show highlights interesting and significant people, ideas, and discussions in African Studies from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. Africa Past and Present is hosted by Michigan State University historian Peter Alegi and produced by MATRIX—The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at MSU.