The Listening provides an atmosphere that is conducive for unity, self expression and service for the community. It is necessary for the culture.
The Listening is truly here to save and change lives! I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing organization.
This org is Truly changing things here in Lynchburg! After this first Freedom School summer, we have to make sure they are here for the long haul!
The Listening has invited me — a white middle class woman— to learn more about the women, men, youth and elders of my community who do not look like me. Together we are growing community, sharing meals, and doing the small work that can lead to big change. We CAN create a future where all people thrive and The Listening is my local go-to for building Beloved Community.
The Listening is an organization that deeply supports and promotes local artists. The organization creates and hosts events where artists can gather, network, and share their content. The Listening also plays a role in promoting education and social justice throughout the city of Lynchburg. It has been a privilege and a great honor to work with this organization and see it grow on a month to month basis.
Being back in “The Burg” was a hard transition. Finding The Listening was a great discovery to help keep my inner poet alive. Seeing the great milestones they’ve achieved and the many lives they’ve changed by creating a safe space for people of all walks to share, gave me that extra push to keep writing and sharing. They are seriously Lynchburg’s best kept secret and it’s Time for the world to know! Performing arts now has a deeper meaning because of how they’ve used it to shed light difficult issues.
From their community enriching events, to nurturing young artists, to their work giving back to school age children through the Freedom Schools, The Listening, Inc is a valuable organization for Lynchburg, VA. I would highly reccomend that people engage with this group as they strive to change lives through the performing arts.
Been following The Listening, Inc. since the beginning. The open mics and other events have been liberating and community minded. Glad to be apart of the growth from supporting the open mics to volunteering with the CDF Freedom Schools. They are definitely a game-changer for the youth in our community!
No organization has connected with me as much as The Listening. For the first time ever during the “Home” open mic I reflected on my mother who had committed suicide when I was 19. For the first time in years I simply remembered her in a space full of strangers.. but I never felt so welcomed. They allowed me to celebrate and mourn, to remember and be filled with love, to be me and Not have to change to make anyone else comfortable. It is because of the Listening that I found my voice and I thank Nick for creating the space for that to happen. Words matter, expressing ourselves matters, speaking those words into the atmosphere matter, and because of the Listening we know that we matter.
The listening is amazing! They have great venues and bring in inspiring poets as well as allow creative expression for everyone. I’ve fully enjoyed the events I’ve attended, always a welcoming environment. Nick George has done an incredible job and you can feel the authenticity from him and how much he really cares about what he’s doing.
With me having the priveledge of knowing this awesome team personally I can see that they share a similar heart amongst each other. I’ve seen them pour countless hours into their community and create opportunities to express art for so many including myself!