NEW BRITAIN - With the arrival of summer weather, the Artistsâ€™ Cooperative will host its monthly Open Mic Night outdoors for the first time today.
It will begin at 6 p.m. at Central Park and will be hosted by Chad Browne-Springer, an audiovisual artist from East Hartford.
With the help of Mayor Erin Stewart, the co-op was able to receive a donation through the Parks and Recreation Department to have it in the park.
Open Mic Night is held on the third Thursday of each month and is meant to provide a platform for creativity in the community.
Itâ€™s been going on for the last year and a half at the Downtown District Visitors Center at 66 W. Main St., but will be held outdoors throughout the summer.
Adrian Elliot of the Artistâ€™ Co-op said the move to an outdoor venue has been in the works since last year, but the co-op lacked the financial support to make it happen.
The event is free and open to the public for all ages. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers and poets of any age, genre and/or skill level are welcome. Those interested in performing must arrive before 6 p.m. to sign up.
At each of the Open Mic Nightsâ€™ donations have been collected to put together an event on Sept. 2 at Trinity-on-Main at 9 p.m. that will be free to the public and feature performances from all the hosts of each Open Mic.
Elliot said some of the hosts come from around the state so this event will be a way to thank them for their time as well as support the local arts.
For more information, call Adrian Elliott of the Artistsâ€™ Co-op at 860-881-7801.