What are you doing during this pandemic? Throughout the current pandemic we have and will continue to support youth in resourcing themselves physically, artistically, emotionally, and culturally. We have already learned that our intentional social media presence (Facebook & Instagram) over the years has allowed us to maintain connection with youth over distance. As an organization operating independently of schools, youth turn to us to support their organizing efforts, and address their emotional challenges during an unprecedented time. In 2021, we will focus on supporting youth through the pandemic, uplifting youth voice in social change, and safely utilizing our new youth-owned space.All programs will be adjusted based on current CDC guidelines for virtual or hybrid connection. As we exist and build in an unprecedented time and manage uncertainty, we will stay responsive and flexible to the needs of youth and our community. Thanks for being compassionate as we learn. Can I rent your space for a private or public event? Unfortunately… No. We are a youth-driven space and not a rental business or facility. If you’d like to partner on an event with us that is youth centered and youth driven, you can contact us. However, we no longer rent the space. If you are seeking other rental facilities, we suggest the Edison Neighborhood Association, Jericho Town, the Epic Center, the Douglass Center, and the Northside Association for Community Development.
Every question about Open Mics ever.
It always starts promptly at 6:30pm, while the doors open at 6pm. We recommend coming earlier if you want to get on the list, and to find a seat. If you enter late, please do so quietly as someone may be spilling their soul.
Yes, you can read whatever you like! And, we suggest you consider your audience. We don't censor youth and trust youth with their words.
Yeah, you should read it if you want to. Or perform it. Or just say it. Or sing it. As long as you don’t take longer than 3 minutes.
No, it doesn’t cost anything! Although... we do take tips at the door for the host, DJ and feature.
It has been on the First Friday of the month for over 14 years. So, that’s usually when it happens!
Who is it for? Is this like… a kid thing?
Well, we’re youth centered but our open mics are juiciest when they are intergenerational. We encourage adults who are present to behave appropriately with youth and not take center stage as non-consensual mentors, preachers or surrogate Dads. Also - we cannot welcome children under the age of 12 without a parent or guardian.
Yeah, you can bring an instrument!
We give out bus tokens to youth after the show. They MUST get on the bus before 9:15pm.
Do you work with schools and other organizations? Yes! We go to Parchment High School, Loy-Norrix High School, Comstock High School, Kalamazoo Central High School and the Juvenile Home for 1-2 day workshops that introduce youth to spoken-word, slam poetry and creative writing through a strong social and emotional lens. Even if you’re already teaching it, we bring some fresh faces to the room. Schedule a visit to your classroom or organization by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org