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This is your stage, your crowd, your community.

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

This event, housed in the Harold Washington, showcases randomly selected students to present a 3-minute piece of their choice. Afterward, 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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Brother Mike Hawkins

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.

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• Open Mike Thought: Just as quick as the water rushes to the shore, the seasons of life will change ... • #openmike • 📸 ashley_who ...

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ITS GOING DOWN!! Meet us at the Museum of Contemporary Art @mcachicago NEXT MONDAY for the Class of 2019 edition of #OpenMike! You already know how we’re coming! Decorate an exclusive OpenMike cap🎓, eat some good food🍕, and walk the stage for your OpenMike certificate! Come turn up with your favorite hosts and DJ’s @HotRod065 & @djbman and rock your college/university gear! It’ll be a night of youth excellence full of fun and surprises 👀 See you next week! ...

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• Open Mike Thought: Control the narrative, and choose to be a healed person ...let love lead • #newweek #monday #goodmorning #peace #love #blackboyjoy #God #openmike ...

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• Living! Embracing flaws and all • #openmike #blackboyjoy ...

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