Surviving The Mic is a collaborative organization of survivors who are dedicated to creating a safe and affirming creative spaces for survivors of trauma (sexual trauma, racial trauma, violent trauma). Through their series of spoken word and performance-based events they seek to create a space for testimonies about sexual violence and to build skills to elevate those testimonials.
The goals of Surviving the Mic are:
to help survivor artists hone their creative voices in order to tell their stories in powerful, impactful and artistic ways
to create curricula and toolkits that can be used a model for other communities who’d like to make safe space
to support cultural, emotional, physical, mental and economic well-being for survivor artists through safe and affirming performances, workshops, publications and professional practice training and support
to provide opportunities for those who are not survivors to listen and learn from survivors
Founder of the organization Nikki Patin and Board Member Mojdeh Stoakley joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the project and the work of the organization.