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The People's Stage - Philosophy and Art

Overview

We're a stage for philosophers and visual artists who want to share thoughts and artwork with an audience composed of philosophers, artists, and the general public.

Guidelines for Participation

Guidelines for Participation

The People’s Stage is right for you if:

  • You want to get on stage and share thoughts and artwork
  • You want engage with and provide feedback to those who take the stage
  • You want to be part of a community of artists and thinkers

Days and Times

The People's Stage meets every Thursday, but alternates focuses.

  • The People's Stage - Philosophy and Art, Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm, meets on an every-other-week schedule.
  • The People's Stage - Poetry, Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm, meets on an every-other-week schedule.

Submission Guidelines

Participants are welcome to submit scripts or digital replicas for review at The People's Stage's Member's Forum. This is suggested for those who want closer feedback on the content of their speech or presentation.

Attendance

Participants are welcome to drop in as their schedules and interests allow. Members and committed participants are expected to follow an every-other-week attendance schedule. If a participant must miss a meeting that they have signed up to attend, that participant should let administration know of their absence by emailing ThePeoplesColloquiumPDX@gmail.com.

Structure

Overview

At 7:30pm, the MC takes the stage, welcomes everyone present, introduces himself/herself, and announces the night’s speeches and presentations. Up to 3 individuals will be scheduled to take the stage during each meeting, each individual receiving a half-hour of time for a combination of their speech or presentation, and the resulting Q&A, critique, and/or discussion. At 9:00pm, The MC will take the stage after the last speech or presentation, thank everyone for participating, and announce the close of the night's stage.

As part of the audience

The audience should applaud:

  • At the end of each speech or presentation
  • At the end of each Q&A, critique, and/or discussion

If you're speaking or presenting

Individually, each speech or presentation can be 20 minutes in duration or less. Additionally, after each speech or presentation, there will be about 10 minutes of time for interaction with the audience, including Q&A, critique, and discussion. All together, each philosopher or artist is welcome to up to 30 minutes of stage time.

At the beginning of each speech or presentation, the person on stage should provide:

  • An artist's statement
  • Relevant context necessary to understand their speech or presentation
  • Their goals for the speech or presentation, including whether a critique is sought (note: a critique from the audience will only be provided if requested)

At the end of each speech or presentation, the person on stage should:

  • Thank the audience
  • Open up the floor for Q&A, critique, and/or discussion

The MC will assist the person on stage with facilitating the Q&A, critique, and/or discussion, as needed.

Signing up to take the stage

To sign up to take the stage, please email ThePeoplesColloquiumPDX@gmail.com. Some speeches or presentations will be decided night-of when openings in the stage's schedule allow for them. Priority will be given to those who are signed up to attend The People’s Stage as a member.