If you’re a fan of Detroit artist Désirée Kelly’s artwork, then you will love her latest art piece. The award-winning artist recently completed a new mural in Detroit for the No Kid Hungry “Rebuilding” Campaign.

The mural is located at 1009 Cass Ave. in Detroit if you’d like to go check it out.

Along with four other artists, Désirée was selected by No Kid Hungry to create large-scale murals to raise awareness on child hunger issues in the U.S.

New mural by Detroit artist Désirée Kelly for the No Kid Hungry campaign.
Photo credit: Désirée Kelly and No Kid Hungry

Désirée is a strong supporter of the fight to end childhood hunger. She also has personal experience growing up with food insecurities.

Here’s what Désirée had to say about her recent work:

“Overall my aim is to inspire and display how important No Kid Hungry is. To grab the attention of anyone who sees the piece and feels encouraged to contribute.

There was a specific thing that sparked my idea. When it was said “show COVID going away” through the mind of the youth and innocence in the fight against this pandemic crisis. Being strong and resilient. I wanted to create something hopeful that the “Rebuild” is near and that Hope is around the corner.

Désirée Kelly, Detroit artist
Aretha Franklin mural in Detroit Eastern Market by Désirée Kelly
This Aretha Franklin portrait mural by Désirée Kelly is located in Eastern Market on Russell St. (Photo credit: Jennifer Hamra)

Known for her beautiful portraiture art, Désirée painted a portrait of her daughter for the No Kid Hungry mural. She was also recently commissioned to paint a mural for the film Respect, starring actress Jennifer Hudson.

Other portrait art Désirée has painted are of award-winning actress and writer Issa Rae, the late basketball champion Kobe Bryant, legendary Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes, and Grammy Award-winning Erykah Badu— just to name a few!


Issa Rae mural by Desiree Kelly in Detroit, Michigan
“I’m rooting for everybody Black.” — Issa Rae mural by Désirée Kelly. I snapped this photo of her mural last year. It’s located on the Avenue of Fashion in Detroit. (Photo credit: Jennifer Hamra)
Aretha Franklin 'Respect' mural by Detroit artist Désirée Kelly
Désirée’s mural for the Respect movie starring Jennifer Hudson. The mural was featured outside of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. (Photo credit: Jennifer Hamra)

Désirée’s mural is also featured in a micro-documentary about what life has been like for families and children in the Detroit metro area.

The documentary also highlights local schools and community leaders who worked hard to help with hunger issues.

You can watch the documentary here.

Click here to learn more about Désirée Kelly’s artwork. She has many amazing art prints for sale if you’re interested!

Also, make sure you visit www.nokidhungry.org to learn more about the nonprofit’s work.


Written by

Jennifer Hamra

Freelance creative Jennifer Hamra created her blog Good Life Detroit in 2015 after relocating from Tennessee to Southeast Michigan.

Inspired by her love for personal blogging and photography, Jennifer likes to share her favorite Detroit things, from cool places to visit (the hidden gems are her favorite!) to the amazing people she has connected with over the years.

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