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Witness is a collective of artists raising money to support a collegiate performing arts show that will uplift, transform, and inspire.

Witness is a collective of poets and artists from Detroit, MI raising money to fund their collegiate show at Wayne State University.  The funds gained here will be used to guarantee that our show will reach University students as well as surrounding communities in a way that will uplift, inspire, and build awareness of artistic self expression as well as the performing arts.  This show is not meant to only put our voices on the microphone, but also to reach out to others who may seek to express themselves in similar ways.  The event will hold an open mic portion, a portion featuring Witness, plus an after the show Q & A/meet the artists session.

Witness is composed of Poets, Visual Artists, MC's, Producers, educators and more.  We all recognize ourselves as artists for a cause, and that cause is to create a link between creativity and self expression.  We recognize that there are communities that have lost their voices, and we are committed to giving it back to them.  Our efforts include work shopping with artists interested in honing their craft, participating in community service and development efforts, and creating safe spaces that will continue to exist even in our absence.  We are each well seasoned, nationally recognized artists looking to continue to nurture our own growth as well as the growth of others.

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The main two challenges in this project are promotion/outreach and putting money towards proper recording/photography equipment. We want to reach as deeply into the community as possible and bring in people of all backgrounds and cultures to experience what we have to offer, and are working tirelessly to hook those individuals.

We also want the event to be well documented, not only for the purpose of looking back and seeing how we can improve, but preserving the experience that the audience will get, and having a way that they can relive that. We are building strong relationships daily with community organizers, non profit organizations, and Wayne State University as a whole to gather all of the pieces to make this possible, but were more than happy to stumble across Kick Starter, and hope that it could expose us to backers who will help our cause.

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    Sound Off Chapbook by our own Justin Rogers

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    Special edition Witness Chapbook featuring all of our poets

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    Justin Rogers' Chapbook, Special edition Witness Chapbook, autographed photo, AND a hand written letter expressing our thanks.

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