Take the mic or grab a seat at the North Olmsted Arts Commission’s newest event aimed at promoting the performing arts.
Looking for something to liven up your winter routine? Sip your cup of joe and be entertained by local talent at this Arts Commission event celebrating the performing arts. The next Open Mic Night at Springvale will be held on Thursday, February 21st in the Springvale Clubhouse. Doors open at 6:00pm and performances starting at 6:30pm. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided along with a cash bar. View Event Here.
With the one year anniversary of the first Open Mic Night at Springvale Coffeehouse on the horizon, the event is a reflection of the Art Commission’s efforts to promote a myriad of art forms in North Olmsted. “The mission of the event is to highlight the local talent in a relaxed, informal setting. We call it a ‘coffeehouse’ event, but there will also be finger food from Fragapane’s and a cash bar available to those who are of age,” said Arts Commission Chair Leah Rogalski-Davis. “We really want to offer a venue where performers of all ages, skill levels and types can perform for the community.”
The mission of the North Olmsted Arts Commission is to develop and encourage of all forms and areas of the arts within the City for the benefit of its residents, including the fine arts, performing arts and cultural arts, as well as supporting and conducting events which celebrate the spirit, character and history of the City. In recent years the Commission has launched successful large-scale events at North Olmsted Park accomplishing this mission, but members felt a desire to broaden their reach beyond their marquee events. “When planning for this event series began in late 2017, we were coming off a year full of big events and wanted to mix it up a bit,” said Leah. “We still love hosting these events and plan on making them bigger and better every year, but it was important that we offer more regular programming throughout the year.”
There has been a wide array of performers with unique skill sets at the previous Open Mic Night events. “At our first event last February, we had a piano concerto, hip-hop performance and poem with two 8-year-old best friends,” said Leah. “That poem was easily the cutest act of the night, but the talent and diversity of our other performers led to a fantastic event that kept things fun throughout the entire evening. That’s what we strive for in each event – a diverse pool of talented performers.” Open Mic Night is never structured as a competition, but rather a way for local performers to put their skills on display in a stress-free atmosphere. “It’s definitely not competitive, just a laid-back environment where we can hang out with the community and see what talent we have out there,” said Leah.
Interested in performing at the upcoming event? Claim your spot by completing our online performer application (see link) by February 1st. Talents of all kinds are welcome: music, drama, poetry, comedy, storytelling and more. Material should be suitable for all ages. Original material is preferred but not required. There is no minimum age requirement. Each performer will be allotted a maximum of 15 minutes for set up, performance and tear down. A PA system and two mic stands will be provided.