Finding Mona Lisa: Urban Students Become Global Scholars is a program providing travel and cultural development opportunities for Detroit youth. Artist, educator, and entrepreneur Jocelyn Rainey founded the program in 2007 with a maiden voyage to Paris, France, accompanied by 5 students. Since then she has made subsequent journeys all across the world. This exhibition, Finding Mona Lisa 313, provides a photographic presentation of the travels of Ms. Rainey and her students to five countries: France (2007), Spain (2008), Japan (2009), Egypt (2010), and Costa Rica (2011).
The late Gilda Snowden observed that the Finding Mona Lisa students are the works of art, with the different places they've traveled being their canvases. The exhibition features large photographs of the students' travels. The free opening reception taking place Friday, May 29 from 7 - 11 PM also features a documentary screening of Finding Mona Lisa: 313, which contains footage, photographs and personal testimonies from the students, parents and educators who have been impacted by this amazing program.
Finding Mona Lisa 313 is free with museum admission.