Join us in celebrating local artists in recognition of Women’s History Month. Wasn’t Women’s History Month in March? Yes it was! But since this event was snowed out by that unlikely late March storm, we’re going to celebrate women artists in June as well! We will have a mix of open mic performances and featured performers, including Charity Blackwell and Anu Yadav. Proceeds from the event will go to Heartly House, a Frederick nonprofit that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. In addition to cash or check donations, Heartly House requests gift cards to Amazon, Target, or Walmart, which allow their clients to purchase items for them and their children that are not on the emergency needs list.
When you register, there will be a question asking if you would like to perform.
The event will be held at New Spire Spaces at 115 E Church St. There is free parking behind the building, which can be accessed by making a left from Church St onto Chapel Alley and then another left into the New Spire Arts lot.
Charity Blackwell is a spoken word artist, host, emcee, and poetry specialist who has spent several years contributing to the arts scene at DC SCORES. She is a Trinity University graduate, where she received her B.A and M.A, for Communications, and played soccer for four years. Since her early college days, Charity’s natural stage presence and charm has led her to many hosting opportunities, including events such as the Poetry SLAMS for DC SCORES (2013-2016), the America SCORES New York National Poetry SLAM! (2015 -2016), Busboys and Poets Open Mic (2016-Current), and the Our Words Our City Poetry Show Case (2017), Women’s March Open Mic (2017) and many more. She has performed her original work on international networks such as BBC News and numerous stages across Washington D.C. and the east coast.
Anu Yadav is a critically acclaimed actress, writer and theater-based educator dedicated to telling the stories of people pushed to the margins of public discourse. As a solo performer, Anu shapeshifts into characters from everyday life with both humor and drama. Her devised theater work sparks a powerful forum for people to reflect and listen to each other’s stories across social and economic divides. As an actress, Yadav has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Theatre Alliance, and African Continuum Theatre, as well as at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Strathmore Mansion and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing. She was featured in the documentaries Walk with Me and Chocolate City. She was a 2014 Western Arts Alliance ‘Launchpad’ Artist, DC Artist Fellow, Mercersburg Academy Fowle Scholar-in-Residence and Arts Midwest Spotlight Showcase Artist.
- June 14, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: New Spire Spaces