Pro-Art presents open mic night

September 17 – October 19, 2021 @ Norton Expo Center

NORTON, VA – Pro-Art is trying something different — you’ve got the mic. Welcome to In the Garage, Pro-Art's first ever community Open Mic Night. Local artists of all types are invited to take the stage and share their art. Poets, musicians, actors, comedians, singers, visual artists, animators, writers, dancers, storytellers and more are all welcome.

The series is set for three Fridays this fall, Sept. 17, Oct. 22, and Nov. 19 at the Norton Expo Center at 815 Park Avenue in Norton, Virginia. Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. (slots are first come, first served), and the shows start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and you don't have to perform to attend. Come out to support the local artists in our community.

Pro-Art asks community members to wear a mask while inside the Expo Center to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. The garage doors will be open, and the fans going to help ventilate the space. Due to the nature of an open-participation event, the series is for ages 16 and up.

Artists who plan to showcase their work should limit their performance to seven to 10 minutes. If you need a projector and screen to display art, email

Visit to see a map of all event parking for the series. For evolving conditions related to the global pandemic, inclement weather or similar unforeseen circumstances, patrons are encouraged to visit or call 276-376-4520 for up-to-date information.

This series is made possible through partnership with the City of Norton and the Norton Industrial Development Authority. Pro-Art is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Slemp Foundation. If you have any questions, visit, call the office at (276) 376-4520, or send an email to

Category: Art