STAMFORD STUDENT ARTISTS PLAN SPOKEN WORD, POETRY, MUSICAL PERFORMANCE, DRAMATIC SCENES, COMEDY TO SUPPORT YOUTH EXPRESSION AND PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION
Stamford area students to perform and inspire at SPEAK YOUR TRUTH: Student Open Mic Night. An exciting opportunity which supports Stamford students in expressing their views on a variety of subjects affecting youth today, Speak Your Truth: Open Mic Night will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018, Downtown Stamford, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 628 Main Street, 5:30 PM.
This event was born out of theMarch For Our Lives Stamford rally last spring, where an amazing array of local students responded thoughtfully and creatively to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and educators were shot and killed. Attended by 3,000 community members, the rally became a cathartic platform for our local students to express themselves politically and socially, instantly defining a need for youth expression and activism.
Organized by the leaders who brought you March For Our Lives Stamford, this event is sponsored by Moms Demand Action Stamford, SUPER (Student Union for Political Expression and Representation), Students Demand Action (Stamford High chapter), CT Against Gun Violence, and The ENOUGH Campaign.
Stamford senior Alyssa Goldberg of SUPER, who led the way in organizing last spring’s rally, says of Saturday’s event, “A safe, open event like Speak Your Truth is incredibly important in today’s political climate. With teens under 18 being unable to vote, using our voices is how we can make an impact and create the changes we wish to see.”
While event co-organizer and ENOUGH Campaign leader Shira Tarantino advises that the show will be uncensored, she explained, “Our open mic event has been created to encourage a non-judgmental atmosphere, designed to support a variety of viewpoints to inspire, initiate and encourage constructive conversation. Kids really will be able to speak their truth.”
Joining the event to support their voter registration efforts will be the League of Women Voters Stamford and local community organizers from Michelle Obama’s #WhenWeAllVote campaign.
The SPEAK YOUR TRUTH: Student Open Mic Night event is free for students to perform and attend. It is open to the community.
Please see the details below. High school and college students may fill out the simple online application form.
WHAT: Call for youth artists, writers, musicians, poets, performers, and satirists to join the Speak Your Truth: Student Open Mic Night on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Downtown Stamford.
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2018
WHERE: Eagles Loft, St. John’s Episcopal Church 628 Main Street Downtown Stamford, CT 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
WHO: Open to students local to the Stamford area; Preference will be given first to Stamford residents. Students chosen on a first-come-first-serve basis. NO APPLICATION FEE.
WHY: To give a creative platform for local students to express their political and social views in a supportive, artistic setting; to promote youth voter registration and turnout; to bring awareness to issues affecting today’s youth.
HOW TO APPLY: 2-5 minute presentation/performance centered on an issue of choice by student performer; Suggested subjects can range from gun violence to feminism to racial inequity to civic action and beyond. Deadline to apply extended to September 27.