On December 29th 2016, we had an event called “Open Heart, Open Mind”. We opened the mic and the floor for all artists; poets, singers, dancers and musicians to express anything and everything they wanted or needed. It was an uncensored event and everyone was able to spill out their hearts and their minds unapologetically. The support of one another was felt in the room as artists poured out their doubts, regrets, guilt, anger and confessed their love, hope and passion through their dance, music sung, poetry spoken, each scream of the guitar string. Tears, smiles, screams and laughter filled the space. As the last performer on the list ended their time, a couple more people were compelled to volunteer to get up and say a poem and do a last dance. The event ended with everyone connecting to the music of India Arie’s “I am Light”. When the song ended, everyone embraced each other and expressed their love for one another with “I love you”. It was truly a night of magic and healing. We will definitely be throwing another “Open Heart, Open Mind” in the near future. It was a great reminder of one of Jukebox’s mantras of how “heART heals”.
Photography by: David Ayon