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Framed by WDET: The Sweet Science [Free Public Opening]

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Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

6445 East Vernor Highway

Detroit, MI 48207

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An audio-visual exhibition about strength and limitless possibility featuring voices of the youth at Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit, MI

The Sweet Science is audio-visual storytelling exhibition of youth from the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit (DBG). The youth of the DBG gather every afternoon to study with tutors and train with coaches. They find strength in the ring and the classroom and learn to navigate the limitlessness of life’s possibilities.

Detroit photographer Cydni Elledge and audio storyteller Laura Weber-Davis have collaborated to present formative moments in the lives of four young boxers through their own words as they prepare to take on the world before them.

The opening event will take place on Wednesday, September 20 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Downtown Boxing Gym on the eastside.

Since its inception in 2007, DBG has provided students with mentorship, community service opportunities, and academic and athletic enrichment. Although the program incorporates the art and skill of boxing, founder Khali Sweeney has designed a curriculum that focuses primarily on "books before boxing," and as a result, 100% of DBG students have graduated from high school over the last 10 years.

Join us for this opportunity to tour DBG’s facilities and hear the voices of young Detroiters through the art of photography and storytelling.



The Sweet Science is a part of Framed by WDET 101.9 FM, an audio-visual storytelling experience produced by Detroit’s public radio station. Made possible with support from individual contributions, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and our series sponsors.

For more information visit framedbywdet.org.


Photo taken by Cydni Elledge for Framed by WDET 101.9 FM.


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