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The Soul Sounds Open Mic

The Soul Sounds Open Mic

The Soul Sounds Open Mic

Since 2012, The Soul Sounds Open Mic has become a consistent space for poetry, song, dance, and critical community conversations at Golden Thyme Café, located in the heart of St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood. Hosted and curated by spoken word poet, emcee, activist, writer, educator, and organizer Tish Jones, Soul Sounds invites writers, poets, community members, visitors, organizers, educators, arts activists, and others to a weekly gathering of dialogue, artistic presentation, and community building featuring an artist from the local or national community. Every first Thursday, Soul Sounds hosts a free community writing workshop. Once a month on Thursdays, Soul Sounds features a representative from an active community organization in an effort to raise awareness of social justice issues and increase the level of engagement in the community. Using an arts- and culture-based approach, Soul Sounds has become a vehicle for inspiring connection, discussion, literacy, and social change among a diverse group of community members in St. Paul. The Soul Sounds Open Mic platform is also used to encourage literacy within the St. Paul community through leadership, mentoring, and relationship building. The format is designed to foster leadership; encourage networking opportunities between established, emerging, and amateur writers; and help build, strengthen, and leverage other opportunities for the St. Paul literary community.

Artist: Tish Jones

Project Award Date: 
2014-04-01
Community organization or agency: 
Saint Paul Almanac, Selby Avenue Action Coalition, and the Golden Thyme Café
CURA Contact: 
Neeraj Mehta (612) 624-8988