Post Ferguson: My Son Matters!

Opening Reception April 17 at 6 pm. Solo exhibition runs April 10 through May 31, 2015. Admission free.

Post Ferguson. Denise Allen, photographer, deeply impacted, writes:

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“I am an African American single mother and I have a son. I have always taught my son to be respectful and to do what is right.  Now I realize that I also have to teach my son how to survive in a world where he will be treated differently because of the color of his skin.  All across this country, this is the heartbreaking discussion black parents are having with their teenage kids — telling them that being black in America means they must watch how they dress, how they move, how they behave. It means being deferential to authority and suffering indignities in silence rather than face the risks of speaking out.”

Quote1Ms. Allen, responds with My Son Matters, an exhibition consisting of 35 portraits of African-American single mothers and their sons, with written declarations by those women. It elevates and honors the relationship between mothers and their sons, while shining a loving light on the young men whose existence is often stigmatized. Not only does this exhibit document the concerns and the struggles mothers go through to raise their sons, but it gives engaged mothers a platform to re-envision their sons’ images. Images, that have been and continue to be portrayed as negative and demeaning.

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(c) Denise Allen

There will also be portraits of young men appearing in hoodies, set in an environment, which rings true to their individual strength and uniqueness. All photography in this exhibition is a response to an epidemic of police violence in the black community, particularly against African-American young men.

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(c) Denise Allen

This exhibition highlights photographic art borne of the love and concern that the featured mothers have for their sons. Join us as we celebrate mother’s voices and hopes for their children and their future. Admission is free and open to the entire family. 

More about Denise Allen…

Denise is a single mother, an Art and Social Change Documentary photographer, and an art teacher. Years ago, she use to describe herself as simply an art teacher, or depending on the year, a photographer. Today her life has come full circle, and she considers herself to be an Art and Social Change Photographer that advocates and celebrates young African-American children and diversity.

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Denise Allen and her son Jordan. (c) Denise Allen

Upon graduation from Columbia College, Denise started her photography career in Chicago as a catalogue photographer and quickly moved to New York as a freelance photographer. Fortunately, she did not have to wait long to receive catalog and editorial work and became emerged in the Fashion Industry. The unfortunate part of this experience was she experienced the death of so many talented and creative people from the outbreak of the AIDS Virus. Denise was devastated and felt her photography was frivolous. She decided to do something that could give her life more meaning. So she went back to school to receive a Masters Degree in Art Education. Denise has worked as an art teacher for 25 years. During this time she developed mentoring and leadership programs for African-American children. She continued with her photography, but it lacked direction.

Denise believes that we are living in a moment where another epidemic is striking and so many of our bright future stars are being killed physically, mentally, and spiritually. This time the epidemic is affecting our African-American young males — Denise realizes that she does have a voice and can do something. This realization was triggered when she learned about the circumstances in the death of Trayvon Martin. The difference between then and now is that she knows she has power and knows her photography is not frivolous. Denise documents and share stories of African-American young men and their parents. She raises consciousness about the stigma associated with African-American males. Denise uses her photography as her tool, her weapon, and PART OF THE SOLUTION!

 

 

 

 

 

The Gender Weave Project Challenges “Social Norms” of Gender & Identity

Opening Reception Feb. 27 @ 6 pm. Exhibition runs through March 29.

In observance of Women’s History Month, the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) will present The Gender Weave Project featuring the work of Moore College of Art & Design students. The exhibition will run February 27 – March 29 with an opening reception on February 27 at 6 pm. Admission for the exhibition and opening is free.

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(c) Emilie Didyoung

On March 8, International Women’s Day, a panel, “Weaving Equality—Exploring Gender and the Arts,” building on the exhibition and featuring artists and educators throughout the city will be held from 3 pm – 5 pm. Panelists include Girls Rock Philly, Lascivious Jane, Van Nguyen, Arleen Olshan, Kathryn Pannepacker, E. Simon Ruchti, Spiral Q, and Chea Villanueva. Admission is $10. All events are at MAAG, located at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue.

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(c) Nicole Melnicky

Moore is the first and only women’s visual arts college in the U. S. so it is fitting that MAAG is collaborating with the College on this exhibition, including the work of Jacquelyn Daley, Emilie Didyoung, Lydia Knopp, Lydia Nobles, Sabrina Salgado, Nicole Melnicky, Ava Mallett, Alexandra Mosoeanu, Mary Boran, Maryann Worrell and Caitlin Tschanz. The artists’ work will investigate their relationships to gender and identity. Some may make more traditional choices and some may challenge conventional norms while others may choose to address their intersecting identities. The Gender Weave Project, also featuring the work of invited guest professional artists such Carol Loeffler, Arleen Olshan, Kathryn Pannepacker, Kathy Robinson, Heather Ujiie, Carol Wisker, and Maryann Worrell, will examine “social norms” in its efforts to overcome prejudice and misconceptions and increase public awareness.

Support provided in part by:

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Philadelphia Through The Lens

Exhibition Runs Wed., Jan. 14 through Friday, Feb. 20. Opening Reception Friday, Jan. 16 @ 6 pm

Picture the collision of people, landscapes, and architecture that give Philadelphia

its unique essence—the hustle and bustle, the tranquility, community, isolation.

Capture the heartbeat of Philadelphia through the photographer’s eye.

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Abandoned Mt. Pleasant Garage on Lincoln Drive by Sheppard Williams

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Chinese New Year 2 by Dan Ravasio

    The Mt. Airy Art Garage presents various local photographers who share their vision of Philadelphia including realistic imagery, abstraction, black & white, color, 35mm, digital and all options that the artists’ eye can imagine.

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Lost Language of Cranes by Robert Silverman

  Join us as we celebrate Philadelphia through the eyes of the following artists: Denise Allen, Poppy Rae Bass, Kevin Bennett, Nathalie Borozny, Bill Brookover, Frank Burd, William B. Hanson, Elfie Harris, James Hay, Judy Levy, Dan Ravasio, Robert Silverman, Patricia Cousins Smith, Nicki Toizer, Joe Vescovich, Andrew Walker, and Sheppard Williams.

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Tulips by Poppy Rae Bass

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Out by Nicki Toizer

 

Fall Classes @ MAAG! Treat Yourself!

New York Beauty Quilt Technique Class | Sarah Bond

2 Sessions — Saturdays, October 25 & November 22, 2014

2 pm — 6 pm

Class fee $65

bond157_010ProvenceBeautyThis is a workshop style class designed for advanced beginners and beyond. This is a great technique for creating those perfect points every time. We’ll start the class with a basic, simple New York Beauty block and we’ll walk you through the basics of paper piecing. We’ll continue on to variations including flying geese, multiple sets of points and triangles, and long points with narrow outlines. You can try all the variations or just stick with the ones you like. We’ll provide new pattern sets at each class. During the last class, we’ll experiment with placement of the blocks so you can see how the different sets and arrangements of the blocks can create the contemporary or traditional quilt that is perfect for you.

It is not necessary to have all your fabric for the first class. You can add in fabrics as you go as the colors and textures start to develop together in your quilt.

Download your enrollment form here.

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Drawing Workshop | Robert Finch

2 Sessions — Sunday, October 26 & Sunday, November 2

2 pm – 5 pm

Class Fee $60

drawing by Robert FinchWe will learn to draw using multiple mediums, i.e. pencil, charcoal, crayon and pastels. Any medium can be used to express just how you feel. There are no rules to drawing and no right or wrong way, only your way. The purpose of this workshop is for you to become familiar with the traditions of good drawing. We believe that anyone can draw, with one major proviso— you have to really want to. You can learn when you let go of your inhibitions. There is no end to the possibilities. This workshop will consist of both still life setups and posing the human figure. The medium is open, however, we believe the student should choose one that they are most comfortable with. Students 16 and older are welcome. Open to all levels.

Robert Finch, a modern day master of the art of drawing, will act as the catalyst in your personal journey of discovery. Drawings by Robert Finch are in many public and private collections, including the Potsdam Museum in New York, and, in Philadelphia, the Free Library and the Pennsylvania Law School.

Download your enrollment form here.

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Beginners Collage Workshop | Edward Sargeant

1 Class — Saturday, November 8

1 pm – 5 pm

Class Fee $40

020_WebEver wonder how collage is made? What methods are used? What materials are best to use? Come join Edward Sargeant, professional collage artist, and learn methods, share ideas and make your own piece at this workshop. You can bring your own board (size doesn’t matter) and some raw materials such as old magazines, damaged books, photos, fabric, thin tracing paper and construction paper and any other stuff on paper. Don’t forget your scissors, mat knife, and glue. Workshops can go wherever the participants take it. So let’s start a collaging adventure.

Board can include wooden craft boards, prepared artist’s canvas or other favorite flat board you feel comfortable with. We will provide all other materials and tools.

Collage can tell a story, make a statement, or provide a memory to share. So think about your subject that you want to make a statement about and let’s make it happen.

Download your enrollment form here.

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Everyone Deserves Origami | Yulan Mimmy San

1 Class — November 15

1 pm – 3 pm

$30 plus $5 materials fee

Dance of the Light-hearted Parasols, mixed media paper, by Yulan Mimmy SanOrigami is the art of paper folding — transforming paper into an endless array of friendly objects both practical and charming. Endlessly fascinating, origami offers a bit of magic. Imagine a single sheet of paper, folding and folding, transforming bit by bit into a bunny or bird or maybe a frog, even an elephant or a heart. The possibilities are endless. Origami promotes creative thinking and imagination, enhances visual awareness, develops manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, improves memory skills, and builds self-esteem through personal accomplishment. No previous experience is necessary. This workshop is for novices to experts who want to develop new skills and experiences.

Mimmy is an experienced professional artist and teacher who has worked with all ages to learn and enjoy the art of Origami.

Download your enrollment form here.

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Open Call for Artists — MAAG Juried Holiday Art Market

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Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 6-7 and Sat./Sun. Dec. 20-21. 

It’s getting close to the Holiday Art Market at MAAG. And if you know MAAG, you know we can really host quite a bash at our Annual Holiday Art Market. We’re talking fine art, handcraft, live music, food, and a wonderful time for all.

ArtMarketAll artists are invited to submit your work for sale at our Holiday Shows. There will be two separate shows Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 20-21, 2014, Saturday, noon — 6 pm & Sunday, noon — 5 pm. All work must be your own original work. Anything you submit must reflect what has been juried (no add-ons). You can access MAAG guidelines for submission here.

The cost for each weekend table is $100 for two days.  We are also offering wall space in the gallery (members only). Not a member yet? Now could be a great time to join!

Special for MAAG members only! Now is the time to display a wall in the Solomon Levy Gallery at MAAG. We are offering ½ walls to show and promote your work. Any member artists displaying their work on the walls may also participate at the December 6-7 Art Market show at no additional charge. The artists retain 100% of their sales when selling during the Art Markets.2000-01-01 00.01.52

We’re planning on throwing one heck of a holiday bash! Join us, join the artists, join MAAG.

Download your application here.

 

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Synco-Poetic Jazzetry…The Swerve

October 4, 7 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave. First Saturday of every month!

Jazz that speaks to poetry and back…

performer080214_1000x644We’ve changed our name, we’ve changed our feel. We’re now a combo of live jazz and poetry (open mic). That’s right, open mic, for all you emerging and published poets. And some jazz backbeat to inspire…percussion, drums, and bass thanks to Tank Keitt and Charles Witherspoon.

Did we say the poetry is over the top? Well, it is. Did we say that some folks wrote their inspiration sitting at the table last month listening to others? Well, they did. Did we say we’re on to something really special? Well, we are.

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Susan DiPronioGuest poet this month is Susan DiPronio. Susan lives in Philadelphia and founded Pink Hanger Presents — a project dedicated to giving voice to the unique life experiences of women, transgender and genderqueer individuals. Susan’s poetry recently appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Corset Magazine, The Avocet, Defenestration and Spillway Literary Journal. Her memoir “Laurel” was included in the memoir chapbook from First Person Arts and her personal essay: “Damaged: A journey of healing from sexual assault” is included in the book “The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse.” Susan was a 2013 recipient of The Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation. www.pinkhangerpresents.com and  www.susandipronio.com

MAAG Is A Destination Point for POST!

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Sat., October 11, Noon – 6 pm & Sunday, October 12, Noon – 5 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave.

Ever wonder what we do at the Mt. Airy Art Garage? With art lovers hitting the streets of Philadelphia for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of visual artists at work in their environments, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) @ MAAG is bound to be a feast for the senses. Among the various locations hosting the tour, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will be a special destination point (also the primary Northwest distribution site) on October 11 and 12, Saturday, noon till 6 pm, and Sunday, noon till 5 pm.

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Handmade leathercraft by Arleen Olshan

In its completely refurbished 5,200 square foot garage, located at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue, MAAG will open our resident artists’ studio doors (you’ll see work like Vita Tew’s “Remembrance,” left), as well as provide you with the most up-to-date festival information about participating artists and venue locations in the Northwest. The rest of our space will also feature MAAG member artists. Here, you’ll find a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, glass, jewelry, photography, woodwork, leather goods, handcrafts, and more.

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(c) Sharon Kenny

Artists participating in POST@MAAG include: Shernise Allen, Sarah Bond, Bill Brookover, Elizabeth Castiglione, Sharon Kenny, Jim Hay, Maisha Jackson, Marla Kachin, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Laurel Schwass-Drew, Michelle Sherman, Sara Steele, Vita Tew, and Susan Windle.

So, be sure to stop by and see why MAAG is both proud and excited to be included among one of the premier open studio tour events in the country. More importantly, come out and engage with Philadelphia’s art community, be inspired, and support your local artists – after all, it’s free and there’s bound to be something for everyone!

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Pink Window by Bill Bookover

For more information, call 215.242.5074.

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(c) Sara Steele

 

We’re Pulling Out All The Stops For Our 5th Anniversary Celebration!

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Saturday, September 20, 6 pm

Who would have ever believed it? A vision to create an Arts Hub where artists in Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill could come out of isolation, meet each other, create opportunities, be inclusive, build community. A place where truthful content and genuine stories would unfold to build vision. An Arts Hub where people would feel acknowledged and received. Well, it’s happening at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG), and this is only the beginning…

We’re celebrating a huge 5-year milestone on Sat., Sept. 20, 6 pm at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave.! We believe, if you love the arts, you’ll have the time of your life. We invite you to join us for a glorious celebration while supporting MAAGs programming and growth.

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Ready to kick it up with John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel, and Arlyn Wolters? Oh yeah!

DANCE your heart out with musicians from the Dukes of Destiny… as in John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel and Arlyn Wolters!

EAT/DRINK to your heart’s delight with catered food from local businesses and wineries.

INDULGE your love for fine art and handcraft by bidding on work donated by MAAG artists to our Silent Auction. Preview all artwork while you “Sip and Stroll” at the Street Fare, Thursday, September 18th from 6-10 pm. Be sure to stop by MAAG for a special, free sneak peek. To see the growing list of work donated by MAAG artists, view the Artists Page HERE.

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Ceramic created and donated by Lou Ann Merkle

ENVISION gifts certificates all related to dining and the arts! Think dinner and museum memberships, theatre tickets, music performances, classes, and more. For a full and growing list of participating donors, see below.

In short, FEED YOUR CREATIVE SOUL! This amazing evening costs a mere $30 in advance/ $35 at the door.

For more information call 215.242.5074. Join us for this special celebration.

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Want to know more? We said it was going to be a night focusing on the arts. So feast your eyes below on the initial list of donors!

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Photography created and donated by Ellie Seif

List of Donors (and more is coming in daily!)

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

Arts 

1812 Productions — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Act II Playhouse — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Ambler Theater — 4 passes to the Ambler Theater — Value = $40

Anna Crusis Choir —  2 Season Passes — Value = $100

Annenberg Center for the Arts — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice —  Value = $100

Arden Theater — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $100

Ballet X — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $70

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $170

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Silk and batik created and donated by Kathy Robinson

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $145

Crossing Choir — 2 Tickets to each of 3 performances — Value = $200

Custom Picture Framers of Glenside — Gift Certificate for Framing — Value = $50

Dovetail Artisans — Gift Certificate — Value = $20

Eastern State Penitentiary — 6 Tour Tickets — Value = $84

Fabric Workshop — Family Membership + “An Industrious Art”—fabric and print book  — Value = $85

First Person Arts  — 2, 6-pack entry cards —  Value = $120

FringeArts  — 2 memberships  — Value = $100

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Abstract art created and donated by Lee Muslin

Gravers Lane Gallery  — Original Handblown Glass  — Value = $170

Grounds for Sculpture  — 4 guest passes  — Value = $48

Handcraft Workshop  — Beginner’s Sewing Class  — Value = $50

Institute of Contemporary Art — Family Membership — Value = $100

Interact Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice  — Value = $7

Keswick Theatre — 2 Tickets to Jad Abumrad, Host of RadioLab — Value = $75

Lantern Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $83

Mann Center for the Performing Arts — 2 VIP tickets to orchestral performance + parking pass + access to VIP Donor Terrace and Garden — Value = $165

Morris Arboretum  — 4 Passes  — Value = $68

National Museum of  Jewish History — Dual Membership  — Value = $72

Opera Philadelphia  —  2 Tickets to the East Coast Premier of “Oscar”…The Life of Oscar Wilde  —  Value= $300

Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts  — Family Membership  —  Value = $80

Philadelphia Folksong Society  — 2 Philadelphia Folk Festival Passes  —  Value =$312

Philadelphia Museum of Art  — 4 General Admissions —Value = $80

Philadelphia Orchestra — 2 Orchestra Level Seats — Value = $170

Philadelphia Theatre Co. —  2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $118

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Penscape created and donated by Andrew Walker

Piffaro Renaissance Band — 2 Season Subscriptions + CD + Book — Value = $180

Please Touch Museum — 4 Passes — Value = $68

Profiles Studio — 2 Professional Photos of Your Artwork — Value = $100

Quintessence Theatre Group —  2 Opening Night Season Tickets + Meet The Cast After-Parties — Value = $380

Stagecrafters Theater — 2 Season Passes — Value = $130

Woodmere — 2 Family Memberships  — Value = $70 per family membership

 

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Catering

(More Still Coming!)

Far Hills Winery

Herschels East Side Deli

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Little Jimmies

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Photography created and donated by Charles Edwards

New Kings Deli

Night Kitchen

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Totos

Trader Joe’s

Weavers Way

 

Dining Certificates

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

(More Still Coming!)

Bacio Italian Restaurante — $50

Brunos — $60

Dimeo’s — $25

Earth, Bread, and Brewery — $75

Iron Hill Brewery — $25

McMennamins — $50

Mi Puebla Restaurant — $25

Stephen Starr Restaurants — Il Pittore — $200

Tavern on The Hill — $25

Trevi — $20

Trolley Car Diner — $100

Yu Hsiang Garden — $25

 

You won’t want to miss this celebration! Buy your tickets now and save! 

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Original Fine Art & Handcraft Shines For MAAGs 5th Anniversary Bash!

Save the Celebration date! Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave.

The visual & performing arts (plus dining) gift certificates keep pouring in. Sister arts organizations are in the mix, museums, you name it. You can find them right HERE. John Colgan-Davis from the Dukes of Destiny has a big smile on his face saying they are READY to get it on and celebrate with us. The food and wine commitments keep growing. So, what could possibly make this even better? How about fine art and handcraft donated by member artists for the Silent Auction segment of our big bash!

We continue to receive work by an impressive list of both established and emerging artists. Feast your eyes on the work coming in for the Silent Auction part of the evening.

And it’s all to support the growth and programming of the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Come celebrate with us…five years is a really big deal!

 

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Sweet Jazz And Open Mic Are Just Days Away

Open Mic, Sat., September 6 @ 7 pm $5 at the door

Jazz and Poetry—we liked it so much we’re doing it again.

When we first started our monthly poetry events, we envisioned a slam. We met some really cool poets, some emerging and others established. We had judges, some listened to the words, and others not.

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Last month, in the slow month of August and vacations, we tried something new. Open Mic, just Open Mic…with a spoonful of jazz. Specifically Tank Keitt on drums and Charles Witherspoon on bass. And the poets came. And the soft beats of the music, followed suit. We had a really good time—intimate, safe space, to try on different kinds of words while the beats inspired. We liked it so much, we’re doing it again. Read just one of the poems that birthed from our August Open Mic.

So this Saturday, at 7 pm stop on by. For a mere $5, you’re in the mix whether you’re a poet or a lover of poetry.

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Tank, ending the evening, with a little bit of Langston Hughes.

Tank, ending the evening, with a little bit of Langston Hughes.

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We’ll start off the evening with Susan Windle, our guest poet, who uses her craft to explore and share the wonders of everyday life, to strengthen community, and to challenge the forces of injustice within and without. Susan collaborates with musicians, visual artists, spiritual leaders and activists. She writes poems for community choirs, for non-profit and progressive organizations, as well as for personal celebrations. Her most recent book, Through the Gates, is a memoir in letters and poems. Other books include Love Letters, Between the Doors, and Already Near You: Poetry in Concert, a compilation of poems performed with co-creator Ellen Ford Mason. With her performing ensemble Voices of a Different Dream, Susan has produced two recordings blending poetry and a capella song– Refuge for a Soul and You Know My Name. Find out more at www.susanwindle.com