About Us

One Mic Open is a grass roots youth literary arts education program geared towards bridging the gap between adults and youth, by having both share their work in a safe space at our open mic and slams. The ultimate goal of the slam series is to put together a four-six person team to compete at an international festival called Brave New Voices, sponsored by YouthSpeaks.

One Mic Open was created to reach the youth of not only Cleveland, but surrounding suburbs, in an effort to create a sense of community among the youth in North East Ohio. By sharing their talents, not limited only to poetry, at the open mic, we feel that they are creating a space in which they are free to be themselves in the most complete sense.

Today, we continue that mission with the support as a premier program for youth artists, under the Non-Profit Organization, Twelve Literary Arts.

The rest...well the rest of our story is still unfolding!

Join us at an event, or contact us to find a way to be apart of our continued journey!


Values. Mission. Vision.

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Core Values

Youth (voice, leadership)

Safe Space


Community Consciousness

Commitment to Excellence

Lifelong study

Individual Transformation

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One Mic Open uses poetry and performance to engage youth ages 13-19 in a process of critical self-analysis and community transformation to develop community leaders for the 21st century.

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One Mic Open will be the premier literary arts education program for high school youth across Northeast Ohio. Our community of artists will provide a student-centric educational model that merges world-class innovation, scholarship, and community engagement for student learners throughout their high school years and beyond.

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