Monthly at the Cultural Center in New York Mills, a local volunteer invites singers and speakers, bards and balladeers to perform prospective pieces for the crowd gathered. 

Attend as audience or actor, orator or observer. Both literary lectors and musical minstrels are welcome to share their own or another’s creative work.

Organizer Pam Robinson says, “Every open mic has been uniquely different from the previous with guitarist-singers from Frazee, to joke-telling youth from Wadena, the reciting of beat poetry by a New York Mills poet. It is a great monthly gathering of people from Becker, Ottertail, and Wadena Counties and a wonderful opportunity to hear some creativity at work!”

The open mic event at the Cultural Center was resurrected by Robinson in the summer of 2015 to provide a safe space for free expression and to give voice to the artist or performer in everyone.

Each open mic night is open to all and free to attend.