About the Grant

$25,000 to support Fisk Jubilee Singers Project (MAP 2006) a collaboration bringing together OyamO and Mosaic’s multicultural young artists', contemporary theatrical forms and traditional spiritual music.

About the Project

This dynamic collaboration with the acclaimed national African American playwright, OyamO, will feature Mosaic’s multicultural young artists, ages 12-18, in performance at the prestigious Detroit Institute of Arts in May 2008.

A national model for youth development through the arts, Mosaic Youth Theatre provides an artistic home for hundreds of young actors, singers, and stage technicians each year. Mosaic has toured all-youth performances across the country, including the Kennedy Center and internationally, on four different continents. The Mosaic Singers have performed with Aretha Franklin, Al Green, The Temptations, and Sweet Honey in the Rock.

The focus of this original play with music is the formation of the Fisk Jubilee Singers who like Mosaic Youth Theatre, provided opportunities for many African American young people. The group was founded after the Civil War and broke down racial barriers by showing that blacks and whites shared a common culture. OyamO, playwright in residence at the University of Michigan, will work with Mosaic’s young artists to research and write the play. He has presented his plays at Yale Rep, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, the Arena Stage and the New York Public Theatre.

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