Friday March 27, 2020

VIRTUAL Story & Verse: A Storytelling and Poetic Open Mic

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Story and Verse has gone virtual!

In collaboration with the Central Jersey Story Slam and The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County, enjoy a special evening of community-created entertainment in the form of storytelling and poetic open mic.

Each month, we’ll be inviting inspiration from a well-known song title. All are welcome to tell a well-prepared story or perform their poetry, interpreting the theme as broadly as they wish. Performers should present their own work, inspired by March’s theme: Get On Up! The evening will include 45 minutes of stories and 45 minutes of poetry.

TO JOIN:
— We will be virtually connecting via Zoom. Click here to register and join us on Friday. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

TO PERFORM:
— Performers will be randomly selected from names in a ‘hat’. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR NAME TO THE HAT. This will remain open until Friday, March 27 at 5pm. There will be an opportunity to put your name in the ‘hat’ at the start of the event too.

— If you plan to perform, please test your microphone and camera ahead of time to be sure that they are working! If you’re new to Zoom, click on the above link (under ‘TO JOIN’) ahead of the meeting so you can download the software you’ll need to join the event.

— Storytellers should prepare a 5-minute story on the theme, true and about the teller. Storytellers should follow “The Moth” guidelines

— Poets should perform their own poetry, up to 5 minutes in length, related to the theme.

PLEASE NOTE: performers will be selected at random, so it’s possible that not everyone will get to perform.

Story & Verse would typically be included in the Arts Council’s $5 Friday series held in our Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. Funds raised through these events benefit the ACP’s outreach programs that serve our community’s seniors and underserved youth. If you’d still like to make a contribution as we navigate this challenging time, please click here.

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