The Surviving the Mic Open Mic

The Surviving the Mic Open Mic is a brave space performance series for survivors of trauma.

The Surviving the Mic Open Mic is open to anyone who identifies as a survivor of some kind of trauma, with mic priority given to survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence. We’re open to folks 14 and up.

The Surviving the Mic Open Mic takes place the third Monday of every month, from 6:30-8:30pm, at Arts + Public Life, located at 301 E. Garfield Blvd. in Chicago, IL, right across the street from the Garfield stop on the Green Line.

Anyone of any experience level is invited to share their poetry, music, prose, comedy, or creativity on the open mic.

To be considered as a featured performer, please attend one of our open mics first, then email us at survivingthemic@gmail.com.

To be considered as a featured performer, please attend one of our open mics first, then email us at survivingthemic@gmail.com.

The Surviving the Mic Open Mic is a safe space, meaning that the audience is expected to listen with compassion and all boundaries must be respected, especially physical. Consent should never be presumed, especially when it comes to touching. It’s better to ask and feel awkward, than not ask and trigger.

In terms of triggers, there is no way that people will not be triggered in the space, as folks are sharing stories that they need to tell that might use language or imagery that could be triggering. This article, from CALCASA (the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault), provided us with some insight about triggers. Read here: http://www.calcasa.org/2013/12/talk-talk-trigger-warnings/

We have volunteer first responders that attend every open mic. Nikki Patin, the founder of Surviving the Mic, hosts it every month and she is an Illinois state-certified Crisis Counselor. If you’re interested in being a first responder, please email us at survivingthemic@gmail.com.

We want this to be a space where people can be vulnerable but we also want to care for and respect that vulnerability. The intention is to give space to people speaking poetry to power, telling the truths they need to tell.

We are LGBTQ friendly and accessible to folks who have difficulty navigating stairs or use a wheelchair.

Chicago Childcare Collective provides free childcare during the event. Please reach out to us at survivingthemic@gmail.com to let us know the ages of any children who will attend so that age-appropriate activities can be created and available for them.

Co-sponsored by Arts and Public Life and Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP), now known as the University of Chicago’s Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support

 

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