A monthly OpenMike in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library housed in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

OpenMike: Chicago Open Mic for Youth

Every month we partner with the Chicago Public Library to present a safe space for high schools students to share, express, and network with like-minded individuals.

This event, housed in the Pritzker Auditorium, showcases randomly selected students to present a 3-minute piece of their choice. Afterwards, we bring our friends to perform, teach, and inspire.

OpenMike often closes with professionals sharing about their creative process and pieces of their choosing.
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OpenMike is named in honor of a very special mentor of ours, the late “Brother Mike” Hawkins.
SocialWorks’ inspiration came from Brother Mike; he educated, connected, and inspired us to pursue our passions through artistic expression.
We want to celebrate and expand Brother Mike’s vision. OpenMike aims to teach showmanship, connect young artists, and inspire creativity within the next wave of Chicago youth.

Power to the People! Right On!

No racist, sexist, homophobic, gender-biased, ableist, ageist or transphobic language allowed.

Respect the mic, respect the time, respect the space.

This is your stage, your crowd, your community.

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