The STITCH Summer Open Mic Series began in the summer of 2009 withthe goal of creating a safe space and artist community for young people to come together to share poetry, music, dance, and visual art. STITCH seeks to break down divisions of race, ethnicity, gender, and artistic medium in order to stitch together our Milwaukee community. Since 2009, STITCH has returned each summer, featuring local and national artists. STITCH Open Mics practice the “STITCH tradition” by rotating between two new venues on different sides of town each summer, attracting and building a movement that looks like our city.
This summer STITCH Milwaukee is launching the STITCH Milwaukee: Community Mural Project. A community-driven project reclaiming abandoned and bare public spaces on the North and South sides of Milwaukee. Designed to address segregation in the STITCH tradition, this summer-long workshop series will provide a platform for youth and community residents to tell their Milwaukee stories. The group has launched a grassroots, online funding campaign on indiegogo (http://igg.me/at/stitchmilwaukee/x/3454244) to raise money to realize this project at no cost to participants. The goal is $5,000 and in little over two weeks, STITCH has raised over $1,000. There are 12 days remaining in the campaign. Will you consider donating to reflect more Milwaukee stories in our city?
Want to be involved in the mural project? Ages 13+
Register here: http://alturl.com/z7hcx
This summer, the 5th Annual STITCH Summer Open Mic Series rotates hosting weekly on Tuesday nights between Aztec Ink, 1230 S. Cesar Chavez Dr. and Sweet Black Coffee, 2035 W. Fond du Lac Ave. through August 13. The STITCH jump-off on June 18 at Aztec Ink had a full-house of over 50 folks. Free workshops open to all begin at 6:00pm and the Open Mic runs from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
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