The District Detroit: Murals by Detroit artists aim to inspire Mike Ilitch School of Business students

Colorful murals created to uplift and inspire students stand in the backdrop of two busy stairwells at the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University. The paintings, produced by four Detroit-based artists, transpired after Mike Ilitch School of Business Dean Bob Forsythe visited local corporate offices with original murals and observed how thoughtful artwork could make a stark environment livelier. Cass Tech alumnus and Merit Goodness creative director Ndubisi Okoye was among the artists selected by Wayne State to paint murals before students started the inaugural semester at the state-of-the-art facility. Forsythe and his wife, Pat, partially funded the mural project, which led to WSU hiring mural project manager 1xRUN, led by COO Roula David. The company, a self-described fine art publisher and original art destination, has been instrumental in supporting public art initiatives with government and business entities throughout Detroit, including Eastern Market.

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