McLean Community Center Celebrates Pride Month in June with an Exhibition and a Teen Open Mic Night
McLean Community Center (MCC) is celebrating Pride Month in June with an outdoor light installation and an open mic event for the LGBTQ community and their allies. This first-ever celebration is part of a Center initiative to expand diversity and inclusion in our programming to serve underrepresented groups. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
The month-long LGBTQ+ Pride Lighting Installation will be located on the MCC Plaza at the rear of the building. The lighting display will be accompanied by the Progress Pride flag designed by Daniel Quasar. Members of the community are encouraged to stop by the center to reflect on what LGBTQ+ Pride month means to them and to take photos with the exhibition, which can be shared on social media using the hashtag #McLeanCenterPRIDE. Participants who tag their photos, will be entered in a random weekly drawing to win fun giveaways from MCC. The display will be in place starting on Tuesday, June 1, and will remain on display until the end of the month.
Pride month at MCC kicks off with a free open mic event at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 4, on the rear plaza with the Pride display. Local LQBTQ+ teens, their allies and family members are invited to share their uplifting words and art. MCC Executive Director Daniel Phoenix Singh, who identifies as Queer/Gay, said, “LGBTQ youth face homelessness, abuse and bullying disproportionately in our communities. They often turn to the arts for coping mechanisms and frequently for survival. We want to lift up this safe space aspect of the arts—where the arts literally build community, celebrate our LGBTQ community/artists and save lives with events such as these.”
MCC is providing a performance area for simple open mic performances, sidewalk chalk and other art supplies, a selfie station with the Progress Pride flag, refreshments and dance music. Guest artists can sign up ahead of time here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCC_2021Pride or sign up for Open Mic slots beginning at 7 p.m. on the day of the event onsite. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite Pride swag. “This is a great opportunity to reflect and have fun with friends and loved ones while being surrounded by community,” said The Alden’s Youth Theatre Programs Director Danielle Van Hook. The rain date is Saturday, June 5.
MCC is committed to presenting a rich and diverse array of talents. Patrons are encouraged to check the center’s event calendars and plan to come back for performances by other artists who explore and push our notions of gender and sexuality, such as Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on Friday, Feb.18, 2022, and a performance and lecture by Sonya Renee Taylor later in the 2021-2022 season.
For more information, call MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.