The Osage Nation Museum and ON STEAM Program are collaborating to launch an open mic series for Osage youth starting July 21 at the museum in Pawhuska.
The Osage Youth Open Mic series is geared toward young performers ages 10 to 24 who are interested in sharing their artistic talents in front of an audience of peers, according to an ON news release. Youth are welcome to read poetry, short stories, other written works, discuss their artworks, perform stand-up comedy and other talents.
On Saturday, July 21, the first open mic event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the museum. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Pre-registration to perform in the open mic event is required. Individuals who are interested can contact Jennifer Holding, ON Education Department STEAM Resource Coordinator, at (918) 287-5300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is July 13 and Osage preference will be given in the registration process.
The release also states: “The Open Mic stage is the developing artists’ playground. Fostering a sense of safety and encouragement, this event empowers our community’s youth to use art as a means of sharing their thoughts, their struggles, their triumphs, and their pride as they assert their place in this ever-complicated world. For many young people in our community, it is an essential tool in the forging of their identities.”
The ON Museum is located at 819 Grandview Ave. on the ON government campus and can be reached at (918) 287-5441. Go online for more museum events and exhibit information at www.osagenation-nsn.gov/museum