On April 27th, 2013, the Asian Pacific Youth Council (APYC) hosted their very first Open Mic, which was held at the People’s Center Theater in Minneapolis and welcomed a little over 50 attendees. The night was led by guest emcees Tou Saiko Lee, spoken word, hip hop, and community artist/activist, and Justen Gowing, an APYC mentor. The community and youth council were also introduced to Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans’ (CAPM) newest executive director, Sia Her. Further, attendees and performers enjoyed light refreshments from Kowloon Restaurant as they were entertained for the night.
On stage were diversely talented individuals/groups found in and around the twin cities community, with an opening skit and dance from the Asian Pacific Youth Council. Immediately following, with no hesitation, young and aspiring artists performed, one after another. The emcees delightfully interacted with the audience between each performance, which allowed for smooth transition and anticipation of the next performer(s).
Closing the event was brief social time, where all attendees and performers were able to connect and reflect on a successful Open Mic night.
Written by: Thayeng Her