A Not-For-Profit event supporting artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, authors and wine connoisseurs, while raising donations for congenital heart failure research.
Elizabeth Akin Stelling- Organizer, WAMPP, hails from Dallas Texas where she began her journey into poetry/music and open mic in the Deep Ellum District, Chumley's and Club Clearview during the mid-eighties. Clebo Rainey was a mentor poet she idolized and decided to re-create that spirit of Open Mic here in New Jersey.
She is a working Chef/Poet/Wine Educator who created Cultural Art Expression in her own café in Ewing in 2008, and eventually brought it to the Plainsboro/Princeton, New Jersey area. With a mission to bring like minded artist such as herself out of the living room and into the public light performing original and cover works of poetry, music, writing, and so many other aspects of visual and performance art.
You can read her food memiors here Food ~ Wine ~ Fun!
Open Mic venues has changed face over the years- from all venues of performance art to mainly music in restaurant/bar atmospheres, but the once Coffee House era of the fifties and sixties is making its comeback. Elizabeth saw a chance to jump start the Central Jersey locations into the Open Mic from her Dallas roots at David Chumley’s in Deep Ellum and Club Dada, and has never looked back.
Her philosophy is, "Honing your talent in writing and music requires practice and with experience performing in front of live audiences. Coffee Houses and Restaurant/Bar venues do help, but going before a larger audience and sharing such a diverse range of talent was inevitable".
Elizabeth has combine her desire to keep her daughters memory alive, raise money for Congenital Heart Disease, and help bring venues for herself as a poet/musician and many other talented artist in what will be known as Wine Art Music Poetry Project.
‘Art [of healing] is long, but life is fleeting’- Author: Hippocrates of Iphicrates