Open mic night offers creative student outlet
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 23:09
The Forsyth Gallery is hosting an Open Mic Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in its gallery on the second floor of the MSC for everyone from poets and musicians to directors and visual artists.
Heather Ann Bennett, collections manager for the Forsyth and host of Open Mic Night, said she hopes students will come and find an outlet for their creativity while seeing what the Forsyth has to offer.
“I do have a bit of an ulterior motive with this project,” Bennett said. “I want to bring more awareness to the Forsyth and to the arts in general. I see it as an opportunity to get more young people into the Forsyth Gallery and let more of the student body know where we are.”
Bennett teamed up with local non-profit group Mic Check and created this event with the hope of making it a monthly event and getting more students and more members of the community involved.
“Maybe it won’t be just students coming, maybe more members of the community will start to see the MSC as a cool place to come on a Saturday night,” Bennett said.
Bill Moran, Class of 2010 and president of Mic Check, decided to get involved in the project after seeing it as a great opportunity to get students into the arts.
“The idea was brought to me by [Bennett], and I thought it was a really cool idea,” Moran said. “I see it as a way for students to be aware of different art opportunities available to them.”
Moran said when he was a freshman, he didn’t know of many places where he could go and read his poetry to people, and hopes students will take advantage of this chance to express themselves.
“The earlier that students are introduced to this world, the better,” Moran said. “We wanted to take this opportunity to make those interested aware of the options they have.”
Each performer will have three to five minutes, depending on the turnout, to present their art, whether it be visual art, performance art, music, poetry, a skit, a video or anything else.
“We have an AV system if anyone wants to show a short film or a piece of visual art,” said Bennett. “Even if they want to just stand up there and stare at us for five minutes, do whatever.”
Almost anything is accepted, but Bennett said she has one rule.
“You can’t bash Texas A&M,” said Bennett. “You’re not allowed to get up and say, ‘I hate Texas A&M,’ or anything like that, but other than that anything goes.”
Students are already interested in going, Bennett said, judging from the Forsyth Gallery Facebook page.
“We have about 40 people coming according to our Facebook page, with about 18 saying maybe,” said Bennett. “There’s about 400 invited, but if 50 people show up, I’ll be thrilled.”
Spring Garcia, freshman biomedical science major, considers Open Mic Night to be an interesting idea.
“I find the idea to be quite interesting and entertaining,” said Garcia. “It’ll be cool to see different types of arts being presented in more ways than one.”
Bennett has high hopes for this event, hoping to see this event continue to grow.
“I want this to be an ongoing thing,” said Bennett. “I want this to be an outlet for students to share their art. It’s part of my job to reach out to the students and to help nurture and encourage the artistic minds of Texas A&M.”