Experience a diverse open mic with artists from all backgrounds in a positive and inspiring atmosphere. Peoria’s Open Mic for Poetry is held on the 1st Thursday of each month. It is truly astounding what talented locally based poets that one will hear on any given night. Each night the open mic also features a popular regionally known poet. Poets from as far away as Maryland, Missouri and Florida have graced the stage. Regardless of a poet’s level of experience, everyone is welcome to share his or her work. Join us on the 2nd floor, in the Preston Jackson Gallery.
Audiences experience more than just someone reading from a page. Poets often memorize the piece and perform it as in a stage play. These are often soul-baring performances that might make you weep or laugh out loud. One thing is for certain, this is an entertaining and stimulating event.
Dayton Ohio native and member of the Underdog Academy Artistic Collective, Tripp Fontane has created a name for himself throughout the country and at Mantanzas, Cuba at the Cuba Biennial Celebration for the country's 500th anniversary, April 14, 2019. Coming from humble beginnings, Tripp uses his life experience to paint a unique picture of his life and upbringing. Transparency permeates his words and no topic is off limits. His gritty content and smooth delivery have both made him a fan favorite. From community work to event coordinating, Tripp Fontane benefits the lives of the everyday people. Tripp Fontane: Creatures of Habit | TED Talk
To keep everyone as safe as possible and to comply with new government guidelines, a new seating arrangement is in place and admission will be online only via 309Tix. Seating is limited. Tables may NOT be moved as they are spaced 6 feet apart to follow social distancing guidelines. Except when eating and drinking, masks must be worn when entering, exiting, moving about the room and talking to someone other than those you came with. Hand sanitizer will be present at the doors. No drinks will be offered at the bar. Performers are required to wear a mask when not performing. Attendees will have prepaid for assigned seating.