The East Side Pride Open Mic will be increased to TWICE a month. The location for the 2nd Tuesday of the month is Conway Rec Center and the 4th Tuesday's location will be at the East Side Freedom Library.
February's East Side Pride Open Mic is below:
Come share your talents and check out our featured artist for September:
Matt Carlyon (Car-lion)
is a spoken word artist and musician in the Twin Cities. Matt currently works as a GRIP Specialist at the Neighborhood House with youth on Probation. He has worked professionally with such artists as Khary "6 is 9" Jackson, Brian "Omni" Dilan, Sierra DeMulder, Michael Lee, Niel Hilborn, Guante, Hieu Nguyen, and St.Paul Slim. Matt has been on several different national stages for poetry, inc...luding representing Minnesota's youth poetry scene at Brave New Voices as well as competing at the CUPSI in 2011 with the University of Minnesota, which placed 4th in the nation. In 2013 Matt helped found MCTC’s first Slam Poetry Team, which was the highest scoring Minnesota college team in the competiton. Matt has a chapbook "Out of Context" and is working on 2 more: one about Spongebob and one about his work with youth. Currently he is working on his first EP with Airrion Williams under the name ">" (Greater Than). You can find some of his solo music at soundcloud.com/Carlionbeats.
The East Side Review Newspaper wrote an article about the East Side Pride Open Mic.
Read about the story here:
East Side youth host first local open mic
There was an article of the District 1 Youth Council in the East Side Review newspaper. Read about it here:
New 'Youth Council" gives teens a voice and a purpose
The East Side Freedom Library has agreed to provide their space for the ongoing East Side Pride Open Mic! The mission of the East Side Pride Open Mic is to: "create a safe space for cultivating artistic talents, supporting youth expression and development as they celebrate their community."
The D1 Youth Council will help organize and host it. It is our hope that east side youths will come to know their district councils and their opportunities in this place.
The open mic is projected to happen every 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm starting on August, 16th, 2016.