Like karaoke much? Sing your heart out and help ArtPlant's artist residency program

It's the little things that help a community thrive, and that's where ArtPlant artist residencies fit into Denver's scene, spreading the wealth by creating an atmosphere of good will and collaboration. Last fall the program's first resident, Kansas City installation artist Rashawn Griffin, took full advantage of the ArtPlant offer, which included a free workspace at TANK Studios, as well as housing at Showpen and a culminating exhibit, to boot.

See also: Artist-run TANK Studios sets a new precedent in the local art scene

But ArtPlant residencies, determined by a juried national search, are privately funded, and there are costs involved in bringing topnotch artists from across the country to work and mingle among the local milieu, even one at a time. To that end, the nonprofit invites the public to let loose for a price on Thursday, May 8 during NOYOKØ -- which stands for You Only Karaoke Once (but obviously you don't) -- a karaoke fundraiser from 8 to 11 p.m. at Hamburger Mary's. Griffin will be in town to host, as competitors shell out increasing incremental fees to participate in mild-to-wild karaoke challenges.

Admission for spectators is $10, but challenges vary in price from $10 to go solo to $100 for the Duet of Death, which entitles you to pick any two people out of the audience to sing a duet of your choice. For more information visit the Facebook event page. Learn more about ArtPlant online.

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