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Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets,singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area.
Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock
Jonathan B. Tuckerlives and works in Washington, DC, melding art and activism with his work as a performer and educator. A poet, teacher, DJ, and activist, Jonathan is very passionate about youth development and the use of art as a means to connect with people. He has represented DC at the National Poetry Slam twice on the Busboys and Poets Slam Team (he also hosts events at Busboys and other venues) and is frequently working in schools, universities and community organizations performing and facilitating workshops. He uses performance poetry to raise issues of social justice and inspire dialogue and action. He has been awarded grants from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and currently serves as the Youth Programs Coordinator for Split This Rock, a nonprofit dedicated to poetry for social change, where he coaches the DC Youth Poetry Slam TeaYouth Open Mic | 5th & K | February 15, 2014 | Hosted by Jonathan Tucker featuring Terisa Siagatonum
Terisa Tinei Siagatonu is a spoken word artist/arts educator and community organizer from the Bay Area. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is currently the Project Director for PIER: the Pacific Islander Education and Retention project at UCLA, an access project that exists to combat the low matriculation rates of Pacific Islander students into higher education by offering services ranging from free tutoring, mentorship, and peer advising to Pacific Islander high school students in Los Angeles. Her emergence into the spoken word world as a queer Samoan women and activist has granted her the opportunities to perform on stages ranging from Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theatre to the Women’s Stage at the 2010 Oakland PRIDE Festival. She has worked as a poet mentor with Youth Speaks, the leading nonprofit organization for spoken word performance and literary arts education in the country, as well as on grassroots levels with groups such as One Love Oceania, a queer Pacific Islander women’s organization from the Bay Area, the Samoan Community Development Center of San Francisco, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities of Los Angeles, and Engaging Education of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her devotion to her Pacific Islander people and her work with college access and spoken word poetry helps her to drive the development of Pacific Islander youth, advocating for self-empowerment so they can create sustainable impact in their communities, starting with themselves.
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