Dreams of Hope’s SPEAQ Open Mic Night provides a safe, creative environment for LGBTQ young adults (aged 17-24) in Pittsburgh, while also fostering the next generation of arts organizers. The heart of the program is a Young Poets Advisory Board of five young people who plan, promote, and run an open mic night for LGBTQ youth at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty once a month. The Advisory Board is a diverse group of young artists excited to learn how to organize arts events in the city of Pittsburgh.
SPEAQ provides a safe, fun space for young LGBTQ people in Pittsburgh to gather and perform their work, creating community as the program grows. This program empowers the next generation of LGBTQ artists and activists, giving them a chance to SPEAQ their minds and enrich the city.
More information on upcoming SPEAQ events can be found here: http://dreamsofhope.org/