There has been a lot of talk recently on Twitter, Facebook, and this website regarding “Open Mike Nights.” So, what are they?
Open Mike Nights are fun and free ways to meet me, ask me questions, be heard, and get to know more about my platform. They are NOT fundraisers. They are NOT political rallies. The are NOT stump speeches. No, they are one hour opportunities to come out to some awesome places and chat. For me, they are opportunities to learn and listen (two of my favorite things to do).
Open Mike Nights will be held at locally owned and operated small businesses and nonprofits. I feel that these two types of establishments not only reflect who I am as a person and my entire professional career, but that they are the KEY to stabilizing our city’s economic and cultural future. As many of you who read this site know, I am in the process of developing a small business/nonprofit subcommittee for City Hall. Once elected, I will launch this subcommittee and bring our nonprofit and small business leaders to the table regarding significant policy and economic decisions. I have managed these kinds of relationships on a smaller scale through my work at Choices Cafe, the Drop Inn Center, and WordPlay Cincy, but it is time to bring these voices to Plum Street.
I am blessed to be working on my small business/nonprofit subcommittee proposal with Roxanne Spillett, former CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I am also blessed to have so many relationships with those who own small businesses and those who run nonprofits. They are serving as my true guide as I develop my proposal.
So far, the following Open Mike Nights have been confirmed:
March 29th at Park + Vine – 6 to 7 pm (Final Friday!)
April 5th at The Sanctuary at Lower Price Hill Community School – 5:30 to 6:30 pm
April 17th at Aquarius Star/Om Cafe – 5:30 to 6:30 pm
April 25th at Milton’s (upper room) – 6 to 7 pm
April 26th at WordPlay Cincy – 5:30 to 6:30 pm
May 3rd at The Banks (in the Club Room) – 6 to 7 pm
Dana Gardens (TBA)
Gaslight Cafe (TBA)
The best part about Open Mike Nights? You get to visit our city’s coolest and best nonprofits, shops, bars, and restaurants. I look forward to meeting all of you soon!