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Special Events

29th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Oct. 29 - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, FREE and open to the public. Presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Mayor's Arts Awards and Mayor's Awards for Arts Teaching are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. Split This Rock will be part of the stellar line up of performers. Visit the event website for more information.

The Revival Poetry Tour with Nikkey Finney

Nov. 1 -  8 to 10pm  - Human Rights Campaign Headquarters, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Cost: $20. Split This Rock award winning DC Youth Slam Team will be part of the stellar line up at this celebration of poetry by queer women of color. Sponsored by The Revival, this night of international salon style poetry will also include performances from Queen Sheba, Be Steady, T. Miller, and special guest, Nikky Finney. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Visit The Revival Poetry Tour website for more information.

Special Guest Daren Kamali Facilitates for Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam Poetry Writing Workshop

Nov. 5 - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St NW #600, Washington, DC 20036. We are privileged to have our November 5th writing workshop be facilitated by Daren Kamali. He is a prolific international Pacific poet, author, teacher artist, spoken word performer, and youth mentor. His collected poems comprise a trilogy of creations titled Squidluminaries.  Kamali is the Co-Founder of the South Auckland Poets Collective and Co-Director of Pacific company ‘Niu Naviagations’.  His involvement additionally includes being a Guest Pacific Educator at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and he was a former member of the first New Zealand/Pacific poets collective “POLYNATION”.  Kamali’s writings and performances combine Fijian/Pan Pacific styles with a variety of chants, melodies, rhymes, spoken word, rap, and harmonies.  His work is thematically drawn from his Oceania roots and pulls from a fusion of contemporary and traditional aspects of the culture and life derived from this region.  Kamali also mixes his own passion and life experiences into his powerful forms of expression.


Ongoing Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St NW #600, Washington, DC 20036.  Starting September 3rd, Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam will be hosting bi-monthly writing workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. All ages are welcome; no need to RSVP. Just come ready to write! Only $5! Please bring cash or check made out to "Split This Rock." Split This Rock's programs are made possible in part by grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.  For more information, email, call 202-787-5210, or check out the Facebook page here.

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops at MLK Library Teen Space 

Weekly writing workshops are held on Tuesdays - 4:30 to 6:30pm - Martin Luther King Library Teen Space, 901 G St, NW, Washington, DC.  The library is accessible by the Gallery Pl/ Chinatown metro station.  Workshops are free and open to all teens.  For more information, email Jonathan Tucker at   Teens should feel free to stop by and create in a group dynamic for a ew hours.  It does not matter if you have a little or a lot of experience: just bring yourself and a pen.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday

Held monthly on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 5pm - Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington DC.  Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians, and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock.  Hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker (Coach, DC Youth Slam Team) and teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team.  Sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets.  More info here.

Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday

Nov. 16 - 5 to 7:00pm - Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington DC. Every month, Split This Rock partners with Busboys and Poets to bring you Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the event offers a stage for emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Sunday Kind of Love includes featured poets and an open mic segment. Purchase tickets here or at the door, if still available. Featured poets for November: Jody Bolz and Pages Matam.

Floetic Fridays Youth Open Mic 

Every last Friday from 5 to 8:00pm - Freestyle Youth Center, 651 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington DC. A youth open mic series open to all with free giveaways, free condoms, free HIV testing, and an open mic! Presented by RealTalkDC & Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team. (Note: Adult language may be used.)