CNCC open mic night embraces art in Craig |

CNCC open mic night embraces art in Craig

Riley Johnston preforms spoken-word poetry at Colorado Northwestern Community College's open mic night Monday. The event brought a variety of local acts together to celebrate art and provided entertainment for the community.
Patrick Kelly

Entertainers of all ages were showing off their skills Monday evening at Colorado Northwestern Community College’sColorado Northwestern Community College’s first open mic night and art show. first open mic night and art show.

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s first open mic night and art show.

Acts ranged from singing, to stand-up comedy and spoken-word poetry in a laid-back format that brought the community together with local performers to support the pursuit of art.

Desiree Moore, CNCC’s director of community education and summer programs, said she was happy with the way the night went and she hopes to continue creating opportunities for local artists to show of their work.

“I think all of the arts are important for a community and in small communities sometimes resources are limited,” Moore said. “Even though we have talented people in our community, we don’t necessarily have the venue for them.”

The open mic night aims to bridge the venue gap and give all local artists an avenue for expression.

Some shared short stories while others serenaded the audience of about 65 with songs but everyone was enjoying the show.

Riley Johnston took the stage first to read a poem she called “Life Matters.”

Johnston said she had a strong desire to perform spoken word poetry and Monday night was her first time doing so.

“I just think it’s so cool,” Johnston said. “It kind of combines two of my favorite things, which are writing and acting.”

Although she was nervous, Johnston said she would have regretted it more if she hadn’t taken the stage.

In addition to entertainment, the event offered coffee, muffins and other refreshments.

Moore said she hasn’t set a date for the next show but she is working on developing the idea as a way to bring more art into the community.

If another open mic night comes around, Johnston said she is ready to go.

“I’d like to do more stuff like this in Craig,” said Johnston. “I thought it was really fun.”

If you are interested in helping plan or want to perform, contact Moore by phone at 970-824-1135 or email at

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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