The Xchange Open Mic
As the Arts Xchange reopens its doors to artists of all disciplines, join us for an evening celebrating new beginnings at the inaugural Xchange Open Mic. Come through for this special free event and share your songs, stories, and poetry. This is also an opportunity to check out the centers gallery, event spaces and studios. We look forward to starting new friendships while building community.
Free/ Donations welcome
List opens at 7:30pm/ Mic at 8pm
Hosted by Theresa Davis & Ken J Martin
This month our feature will be my partner in rhyme Mr. Ken J. Martin.
About Our Feature
Ken J. Martin
is a singer songwriter that organizes, directs and producer collaborative productions around difficult topics and current events. His music shares the stylings of Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Marvin Gaye, Donnie Hathaway. He carries the energy and freedom of House, Folk and World Music.
“I translate my art through R&B and Folk. No matter the age depending on the time my art speaks to all.” ~KJM
About Our Host
Theresa Davis is an author and performance poet residing in Atlanta Georgia. She is the mother of three brilliant huemyns Imani, Tia and Zion who are a constant source of inspiration and pride. An educator for over 20 years, Davis now combines her teaching and writing styles to teach poetry workshops for teens and adults. A veteran slam poet, she held the title of Women of the World Slam Champion in 2011. Drowned: A Mermaid's Manifesto, her second book of poetry with Sibling Rivalry Press, was voted as one of 2017 Books All Georgians Should Read. In 2016 Creative Loafing voter her Best Local Poet and Best Spoken Word Artist. She is the host of the award winning open mic Java Speaks (new location pending) and Art Amok Slam (Red Light Cafe every 1st Tuesday). Theresa also produces Poems and Pasties and MadMen & Poets variety shows focused on collaborating with the thriving Atlanta performance art community.
Theresa’s one-woman show “Then They’ll Tell You it’s all in Your Head” Made its debut as a part of 7 Stages Home Brew series in fall of 2017.
Brief History of the Arts Xchange
Our original facility included 18 resident studio artists, a recording studio, two galleries, two dance studios and a year-round theatre/performing arts/music season, with work ranging from avant-garde to traditional. From self-taught artists to Guggenheim Fellows, artists at the Arts Exchange represented a diverse mix of multidisciplinary talent that attracted a multicultural audience across economic backgrounds.
As the Arts Exchange moves forward into a new chapter for the organization, we are adopting a new name—ArtsXchange—and an amazing new location in East Point, but we remain committed to our work in the Greater Atlanta arts community and would like for you to connect with us!
If you are interested in having a Literary Event at the Arts Xchange please contact Theresa Davis, Literary Programs Coordinator at [email protected]