For students at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, monthly open mic nights have not only given them an opportunity to share their musical talents but have aided in creating a safe space to freely express themselves.
Held in the school’s music room, the shows welcome performers of all capacities, including: vocal, guitar, piano, duets, trios, poetry, rap and stand-up comedy.
“The need to express oneself through an artform is essential to the growth and development of a well-rounded person,” said Department Head Arts Andreja Racki-Mahovlich.
“It is also a way to validate oneself, gain confidence, and an overall sense of well-being for a job well done. The students feel like they have accomplished something good.”
A smaller, more intimate space also helps performers feel like they are in a secure environment, free of judgement.
“The support of the students who come to watch their peers perform is unprecedented.”
“What a great atmosphere of compassion, support, and empathy all around, both from the performers and the audience members.”