For years, husband and wife team Rufus and Denise Harris have been at the forefront of the independent artist movement through their organization, the Christian Artists & Musicians Project. This dynamic organization, better known as The CAMP, is dedicated to bringing spiritual enrichment to the community via the arts. The CAMP sponsors a number of special events throughout the year. One of their most popular events is Storytellers, held in conjunction with Pontiac’s Bridge Church. Denise Harris sat down for a brief, virtual chat with the Examiner.com about Storytellers 2009.
Why did you start Storytellers?
Our church, the Bridge, is located at the Lafayette Grande in the heart of Pontiac and every year when Arts, Beats & Eats comes to town, we get a lot of foot traffic. We thought having an outdoor event on Sunday would let the community know who we were. We started off just having our morning services outdoors. Then we thought, why not expand the event to appeal to music lovers? We know people come to Arts, Beats & Eats to hear good music and we know a lot of independent artists because of our 4th Fridays music event. So, we invited some of our musician friends to participate in what we now call Storytellers.
What is the goal of the event?
Storytellers was created to showcase independent artists and present diverse Gospel music to people attending Arts, Beats & Eats. We all have interesting stories to tell -- many tell stories using the vehicle of music. We're all about expressing faith through the arts. Attendees can enjoy great music under the shade in front of the beautiful and historic Lafayette Grande.
What’s the line-up for Storytellers 2009?
How does Storytellers further the mission of The CAMP?
The CAMP aims to enrich the community with inspirational music and to showcase gifted independent Christian artists who are not in the spotlight of mainstream performance -- but really should be. This event gives them exposure to a large audience. A lot of folks do not realize how much talent there is here in the Detroit area.
How can people help support Storytellers and other events sponsored by The CAMP?
They can, of course, come out to Storytellers. They can also attend our monthly show in Dearborn called 4thFridays. More information can be found on our website: www.theCampOnline.org. We are a non-profit 501c3 organization. Donations are always welcome and help us further our cause.
Storytellers 2009 is a family-friendly event and it will be held on Sunday, September 6. Sunday service at the Bridge runs from 10:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Storytellers 2009 runs from 1:30 until 7:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Grand located at One Lafayette Ave (corner of Lafayette Ave. and Saginaw) in Pontiac during Arts, Beats & Eats. There will be free cider and doughnuts offered throughout the day. More information can be found at www.theBridgechurch.com. You can also get more information at info@theCampOnline.org or (248) 872-1197.
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