This Week on One Detroit:
It was a normal weekend in March for many Westland residents this past weekend, but for the Muslim community in western Wayne County, preparations for Ramadan are underway through a new Ramadan market featuring more than 20 makers, artisans and entrepreneurs. The first-ever Ramadan market, envisioned by Fatima Siddiqui of Flowing Script Calligraphy, showcased housewares, clothing, artwork and, of course, delicious food in anticipation for Ramadan to begin April 2.
PBS NewsHour’s Community Correspondent Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota visits the market to talk with several of the vendors, including Mona Musa’s Taste of Egypt, Not Your Basic Batch, Bushra Murad’s Barakah Boutique, Fatima Ahmad’s Color Valley Designs and more to better understand the history of the Islamic holiday, the impact COVID-19 had on Ramadan and the importance of showcasing the holiday tradition in metro Detroit in the years to come.
She was known as a friend, a mentor, an artist and a Detroiter through and through, and now local artists are coming together to pay tribute to the legacy she left behind. The Scarab Club, in Detroit’s Midtown, recently unveiled its annual art exhibit and memorial to the late Detroit artist Gilda Snowden, open through April 15, 2022. The mixed-media exhibit, open to all artists, was reframed in 2015 to commemorate Snowden’s impact on Detroit’s arts community before she passed away in 2014.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, “American Black Journal” producer AJ Walker takes viewers to the Gilda Snowden Memorial Art Exhibit opening to see the works from local artists on display this year, as well as to hear first-hand anecdotes of Snowden’s community impact and cultural legacy from Gallery Director Treena Flannery-Erickson and this year’s featured artists.
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This week, One Detroit visit’s the first-ever Michigan Ramadan Market in anticipation of the Islamic holiday, beginning April 2 this year. Then, we take a trip to The Scarab Club in Detroit’s Midtown to check out the Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibit and the lasting impact the late artist left on the community. Plus, the Great Lakes Now team explores lighthouse preservation efforts being made to restore the Spectacle Reef Lighthouse.
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