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Our Mission

Engage. Change. Save.

There is a community where arts advocacy, social justice, and youth mentoring connect; where young people are encouraged to take notice of the world around them and engage passionately and with purpose. The Listening, Inc aspires to be that safe place, where young people are engaged to use the performing arts to ask questions, develop answers, perform with purpose and change the world around them.

With TLI, one sole question is asked: “If you had a room full of people willing to listen to you, what would you say?

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The poem that started it all.

Original Poem by Nick George

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44 Events

We’ve had over 40 events, each with its own theme and vibe. We’ve also had the opportunity to work with amazing local organizations with similar mission to change our world using our talents and passions.

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78 Artists

All kinds of artists have found a home on this platform, from poets to dancers to singers and thespians- and we look forward to connecting with a lot more!


Over $6000 raised

Through donations, grants, & sponsorships from our community, we have been able to raise funds to increase our impact, make a stronger statement and serve our mission. Not bad for our first five years!


The Vision

The Listening, Inc exists to challenge the perception of the performing arts being strictly for entertainment purposes, and connect it to its healing properties. We seek to confront lethargy, illiteracy, stagnation, and segregation, by building intentional relationships and seeking diversity in our creative expression.

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Our History

In 2012, a group of friends decided to get together and do something very simple: enjoy intentional art. It wasn't enough to chat about it, but to actually pursue a greater, shared appreciation of the music and poetry they enjoyed individually. A few months later, in 2013, it was given a name, inspired by the debut album by hip-hop group Little Brother, and this platform was called "The Listening".


Our Team

These are the people who make it happen.

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