SPH Kemang Village Virtual Open Mic 2020

Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH) Kemang Village holds the Open Mic annually by bringing the whole school community together to express their musical talents. Teachers, staff, field staff, students, and parents are welcomed to perform and showcase their gifts and creativity. This year, however, the Open Mic went digital where the community watched the concert online via YouTube, premiered on October 23, 2020.

Since this year’s Open Mic Night went digital, preparing for it looked a little different. A lot of time was spent behind the scenes contacting acts, sending backtracks and recording guidelines, compiling videos and audio clips, and doing lots and lots of editing! Some of the challenges were collaboration, the amount of time it takes to create a quality video versus simply performing, and how we could make this event interactive.

We were overwhelmed by the amount of talent that came into play during this showcase! It was amazing to see people be creative in new ways through technology, and it was such a blessing to have a time where we could gather together, even if it was virtual. Our behind-the-scenes crew did an incredible job pulling this off with the support of our leaders and the willingness of our participants.

Sometimes it takes a little bit of extra effort to put yourself out there, to reach out to others, and to be vulnerable and share your gifts, but in a time where the world is suffering, people reach out to artists and musicians for beauty, truth, encouragement, and joy. Whether or not we think of ourselves as artists, we all have the ability to celebrate others’ gifts and talents and share small bits of creativity and encouragement. We might have to think outside of the box to do it, but the little things like sharing a doodle or a Spotify playlist, sending a creative YouTube clip or having a dance party, making a delicious meal, or decorating for the holidays are all small ways we can spread positivity with those near and far during this time.

We look forward to the time when we can all gather together again to experience community and creativity in the same space, but until then, we are thankful for technology and the opportunities God gives us to connect and be a light in our school, our city, and our world.

(Jana Dykhuis, SPH KV Ministering Arts Coordinator)

Watch the full performance here: