FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2006
CONTACT: Michelle Lin, Detroit Summer
tel. (313) 333-3112
email: mlinz (at) riseup.net
PEARL JAM SUPPORTS YOUTH ORGANIZING IN DETROIT
Proceeds From Detroit Appearance donated to support Detroit Summer
Detroit – Detroit Summer is pleased to announce that the Vitalogy Foundation has donated proceeds from Pearl Jam’s recent Detroit concert to assist the organization’s mission to promote Detroit youth leadership and organizing. Throughout its current tour, Pearl Jam has contributed one dollar out of every ticket sold to local charities and social change organizations through its Vitalogy Foundation. Detroit Summer commends the Vitalogy Foundation and Pearl Jam’s commitment to giving back to the local community as they tour through our area.
The proceeds donated from Pearl Jam’s May 22, 2006 performance at the Palace in Auburn Hills will go to assist Detroit Summer’s Live Arts Media Project (LAMP), a summer youth leadership intensive that promotes arts and activism. LAMP 2006 is a 6-week summer program that will explore the issue of the education crisis in Detroit and the city’s high drop-out rate. The program will engage the critical voices of youth in exploring how the current education system has failed and what alternatives we can build in its place. Youth participants will work with local artists to create an enhanced CD that will feature interviews from community members and tracks contributed by local musicians around the issue of education and drop-outs.
---Detroit Summer is a is a multi-racial, intergenerational collective fostering a youth-led movement to rebuild, redefine, and re-spirit Detroit from the ground up. Founded by Jimmy and Grace Lee Boggs, along with other Detroit community activists, Detroit Summer was launched in the summer of 1992, to find visionary ways for youth to rebuild our dying cities. Detroit Summer engages youth in hands-on projects, including community gardening, public art murals, a community bicycle repair/recycle shop called Back Alley Bikes, community dinners, intergenerational dialogues and community organizing. We are building community amongst artists and activists in Detroit, to shape a vision for Detroit that includes a positive vision for social change.