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Sam SaundersBy Sam Saunders
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Sam SaundersBy Sam Saunders
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$9,108
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 12 2015 9:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

"You have children who are violists and they don’t even know it. You have children who could be beautiful pianists and they don’t even know it. There is a need for the arts . . . there is a need for mentoring the children at every level … a program like this would impact our community greatly."

Pastor Semmeal Thomas of City Covenant Church asking for support for Summer in the City Music and Art Camp

What we are doing

We plan to provide a free, five-day a week, music and arts summer camp for 50 children of elementary and middle school age from the neighborhood of Brightmoor, in Detroit. The camp will be operated through the City Covenant Church and the City: Mission – both at the intersection of Schoolcraft Avenue and Stout Street in Brightmoor. Campers will receive free breakfast and lunch meals.

The camp will teach --

  • music (piano, violin, guitar, flute, drums, banjo),
  • dance (jazz, hip hop and modern), and
  • visual arts  (painting scenes, drawing friends and family, paper mache, and more).

Why We Are Doing It

One of Seventh Mile's music students in Brightmoor
One of Seventh Mile's music students in Brightmoor
A closed down elementary school in Brightmoor
A closed down elementary school in Brightmoor

 (Click below to hear a part of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra playing the piano concerto "Detroit" by Sam Saunders, with Sam on the piano.)

A significant, but often overlooked, problem faced by children growing up in Brightmoor -- and other low-income neighborhoods in inner city Detroit -- is the lack of available productive activities. They are stranded here with few undertakings to pursue. This is a serious contributing factor to teens becoming involved with drugs and violence.

There is a complete lack of education or support for music and art education in the area's public schools, and families cannot afford lessons in these enriching activities. And there are very few summer programs for the 7000 plus kids in the neighborhood, and none that focus on the arts.

One of the important aspects of music and art is that there is no end to it – one is rarely "finished" with the piano or the guitar or with drawing or painting. By involving children in the arts from an early age – and providing them with the skills to pursue these interests, we can give them an endless outlet to express their emotions, to feel good about their accomplishments, and to entertain themselves. 

We plan to instill in these children a love for music and art and a belief in their own power to make beautiful creations. Learning how to work hard to achieve their artistic goals will facilitate their beliefs in their own capabilities and spill over into their academic success. It may also open the possibility of artistic scholarships for college.

A Musical Art Show for the Community

The artistic endeavors of the campers will culminate in a musical-art show the last week of camp. This event will not only be an opportunity for the children to show-case their talents, but also for the community to come together in celebration of their youth, their art, and their spirit.

Support for the Community

Most of the camp staff will be from the Brightmoor neighborhood, or surrounding areas of Detroit, and will be paid a salary of $10 an hour. A secondary purpose of the camp is to provide some jobs to the youth and young adults in the community.

With funding for the camp, we hope to ultimately establish the foundation for future summer camps, as well as support for music and artistic education throughout the rest of the year. We believe the continual nurturing of the arts for our neighborhood children will make a tremendous difference in their academic and social trajectories.

Support From the Community

This is a project primarily sponsored by the City Covenant Church and its 501(c)(3) spin-off -- Mission: City. The program itself will be non-denominational, but will benefit from the loving support of the pastor of City Covenant Church, and its members. 

We will have access to the Mission: City building for the entire summer. This building consists of multiple classrooms, portables, an auditorium, and a playground. Additionally, it is across the street from a large field and basketball courts. The building is air-conditioned, has electricity, running water and working toilets. It is furnished with rudimentary desks, chairs, and tables.

Volunteers from the community have already agreed to assist with facilitating camp meals, and camp athletics. 

Some of the Challenges Faced by this Community

The children of the Brightmoor community in inner-city Detroit desperately need this kind of boost to their academic and social futures. Results of numerous studies show that active engagement in music and arts can make significant differences in the academic trajectory children.

A look at some of the broader problems the Brightmoor neighborhood faces:

  • 55% children 0-17 live in poverty.
  • 30% of households live on less than $15,000 a year.
  • 46% of 20-64 year olds are not working.
  • 64% of renters pay more than 30% of their monthly income on rent.
  • The community has and 834% higher murder rate than the national average community.
  • 50.4% of the families are led by single parents.
  • 21.3% of residents do not have a high school diploma.
  • 91.3% of residents are without a college degree.

“In a single stretch of about 18 city blocks, 15 people were found murdered in Brightmoor from February 2004 to July 2010. Homicide statistics from the first six months of 2011 show that one more person was killed in another Brightmoor block group, bringing the total murdered in that 24-block area to 15, as well.” 

Sources: (http://archive.freep.com/article/20111114/NEWS01/311140001/How-Brightmoor-became-hot-spot-homicides)

 See, for example: Dana Dovey, Music Education Improves Students' Academic Performance, But Active Participation Is Required, Dec. 2014. http://www.medicaldaily.com/music-education-improves-students-academic-performance-active-participation-required-314508. 

FAQs

Question 1- Are my contributions tax-deductible?

Answer 1 - Yes, your contributions are all being made to a 501(c)(3) organization.

Question 2 - Who does the money go to?               

Answer 2-- Every penny of the funds for this project will be spent providing services to the children of Brightmoor. We will pay our counselors (who will mostly be young adults from Brightmoor or the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods) $10 an hour. We will also use some funds to pay the cooks and servers (also from the local community) to help us provide free meals to the campers. And finally we have budgeted a small amount of money to pay for used musical instruments and art supplies. The City Covenant Church will handle the finances and the administrative supervision of the camp.

Question 3 - How many children will be served, and how long will the camp last? 

Answer 3 - Our plan is to provide 50 children with a 7 hour camp day, five days a week for 8 weeks. Our budget of $35,000 will cover these costs. (See below for our specific Budget.) If we raise less than our goal, we will reduce the camp size, and possibly the length of the camp. If we exceed our goal, we will serve more children. The building which is hosting the camp has a large capacity.  

Question 4 - Will the children have time in the day for fun and athletic activities? 

Answer 4 - Yes, every day will include some free time and some time for organized sports and games.

Question 5 - This camp is being run by a church, does that mean that there will be a religious component to the camp?

Answer 5 - No. The church members and leadership strongly believe in helping the community. Religion will not be a part of the camp program. 

Any other questions? Just ask Sam Saunders -- the project director -- he would be excited to answer them.

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Violin lesson
Violin lesson
Students learning the electric bass in Brightmoor
Students learning the electric bass in Brightmoor
A student earning her own keyboard to take home in the Woodbridge neighborhood (with our project director Sam Saunders)
A student earning her own keyboard to take home in the Woodbridge neighborhood (with our project director Sam Saunders)
Violin students in the Cass Corridor neighborhood
Violin students in the Cass Corridor neighborhood
A student learning electric guitar in the Woodbridge neighborhood
A student learning electric guitar in the Woodbridge neighborhood
Students learning cello in Brightmoor
Students learning cello in Brightmoor
A student learning the banjo in the Cass Corridor neighborhood
A student learning the banjo in the Cass Corridor neighborhood
A flute student in the Cass Corridor neighborhood
A flute student in the Cass Corridor neighborhood
Violin students in the Cass Corridor neighborhood
Violin students in the Cass Corridor neighborhood
 
Sam Saunders with Pastor Thomas of the City Covenant in Brightmoor
Sam Saunders with Pastor Thomas of the City Covenant in Brightmoor

                           BUDGET

         SUMMER IN THE CITY ARTS CAMP

Number of Campers                                                        50 

Number of Weeks                                                              8

Number of Counselors (1 to 8 ratio)                                  7

Expenses:          

Counselor Pay ($10 per hour/35 hours per wk)                            $19,600.00 

Extra Expenses for Staff Director (3 extra wks, 5 extra per wk)     $1,600.00 

Social Security expenses for staff                                                  $1,590.00

Musical Instruments                                                                        $2,500.00 

Art Supplies                                                                                     $1,500.00

Administrative Costs ($10 per camper)                                              $500.00

Food Prep Costs ($5 per camper per day)                                      $8,000.00

Total Needed Funds                                                                    $35,290.00

Contributions by City Covenant Church & Mission City

Pastor's Supervision (20% of his time for 8 wks)                            $1,230.00

Building Costs (Rent, utilities, etc.)                                                  $3,000.00 

Volunteer Cooks & Servers ($2 per camper per day)                       $4,000.00 

Total Contributions                                                                       $8,230.00 

Total Budget for Camp                                                                 $39,520.00

Risks and challenges

Operating under City Covenant Church and Mission: City, who have a membership of over 200 people - many who have expressed considerable interest in helping with the camp - we are prepared to combat any problems that may arise.

Our program director - Sam Saunders - will be living in Brightmoor for the summer, focusing on making sure the camp runs smoothly. He has ample time to ensure that this happens. Additionally Pastor Thomas will help supervise the running of the camp.

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