City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship partners with Motor City Sings on Community Songwriting Project

Metropolis of Detroit Workplace of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship companions with Motor Town Sings on Local community Songwriting Project 

  • Effort to handle the need for enhanced mental well being and suicide prevention among African People in america in Detroit
  • Detroit ACE is partnering on a new group initiative identified as Boa Me: A Community Songwriting Project

DETROIT – The Town of Detroit Business office of Arts, Lifestyle, & Entrepreneurship is asserting an exciting songwriting project. This will be a 5-thirty day period-very long community task created by Detroit native and lifestyle creator Ben Will and Motor City Sings, a 501©3 nonprofit business that employs music to get rid of the stigma from conversations about mental health and fitness and suicide avoidance within Detroit’s African American communities.

The venture will launch at 1:30PM Saturday, May perhaps 21 with the Motor City Singers’ Place Unplugged: Boa Me Begins at the Dequindre Reduce Freight Yard at Dequindre Slice Greenway around the intersection of Wilkins and Orleans streets driving Get rid of 6 at Japanese Sector.

“Boa Me” is an abbreviation of the West African adinkra symbol BOA ME NA ME MMOA WO, which translates to English as “Help Me, and Permit Me Assistance You.” The symbol encompasses the principles of healthful interdependence, connection, and healing. 

“The over-all target of this challenge is to support Detroiters, (and specially Black Detroiters) reconnect and build agency while producing new audio that encompasses the shared sentiments, stories, and feelings of surviving a world pandemic,” explained curator Ben Will.

Extra than 50% of mental disease goes untreated in The united states and Black men and women are 20% much more possible to knowledge mental health and fitness problems, this sort of as depression, suicidal ideation, and put up-traumatic anxiety problem than other race/ethnic groups, in accordance to a 2019 Countrywide Alliance on Psychological Health issues report, manufactured with the U.S. Department of Wellbeing and Human Services’ Workplace of Minority Well being.

Established in 2018, Motor Metropolis Sings has an established history of partnering with regional artists, group corporations, and mental health and fitness pros to creatively and without having judgment provide psycho-training and psychological well being sources to the higher Detroit neighborhood.

Rochelle Riley, the city’s director of arts and lifestyle lauded the team for performing in a place and with a problem that in some cases isn’t talked about in Black communities. 

“A major part of recognizing all of the culture that exists in Detroit is to bear in mind that significantly of our creative excellence also can aid emotionally, bodily, and spiritually,” she explained.

On Saturday, Motor Town Sings will host its initially in-human being function in practically two years. The concert will attribute acoustic musical performances by several Motor City Singers’ Room favorite artists and unique friends. The expertise lineup involves Johdi, Kenny Watson, KeeBie Mitchell, Trey Simon, Ben Will, la shaun Phoenix moore, Natasha T. Miller, and Charity. This celebration also will element the notorious Motor City Singers’ Area audience interaction and provide details on how musical artists, producers, and local community members can both volunteer and implement for paid positions to be a part of this musical mental wellbeing initiative.

Admission is no cost, but guests must sign-up to enter the party at


City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship partners with Motor City Sings on Community Songwriting Project



(Celebration Curator: Ben Will)

Ben Will

 is a singer/songwriter/poet, mental health and fitness advocate, and cultural curator indigenous to Detroit, MI. He is also the government director of Motor Town Sings, a 501(c)3 non-gain corporation that makes use of musical performance to remove stigma from the topics of mental wellbeing and suicide prevention within just the Black/African American group of Detroit.  Born on Detroit’s east facet, Ben has been creating artwork his whole lifetime. Ben immersed himself in songs and effectiveness from his early experiments of voice and theatre as a Mosaic Singer and Renaissance Substantial College Varsity Chorus member to studying arts and sciences at Cornell College, New York University, College of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State College. As a performer, notable artists Ben has shared the phase with contain: la shaun PHOENIX moore, Al Eco-friendly, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Jonathan McReynolds, Pete Seeger, and Detroit’s own Alvin Waddles.  As an Worldwide Cultural Ambassador with the US Bureau of Academic and Cultural Affairs Ben generates songs and cultural activities these types of as The Motor Metropolis Singers’ Room, The HAM Slam, WordPlay and Boa Me: A Neighborhood Songwriting Job. Ben was also lately lauded as the 2022 Motown Mic Spoken Term Artist of the 12 months.











Co-Host/Co-Producer (La Shaun phoenix Moore)
La Shaun phoenix Moore is a Detroit-centered vocalist, spoken phrase artist, activist, tradition creator and spouse. Moore’s interdisciplinary do the job is infused with her enjoy for the metropolis of Detroit, hip-hop, God, social justice and her black momma.  She is now functioning on her to start with memoir discovering the complexities of the Mother Wound and how it is rooted in her immediate family members.  Moore is the mentor of the Youth Effectiveness Troupe for InsideOut Literary Arts.  She is the receiver of the 2020 and 2021 Creators of Society Award by CultureSource.