CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - On Friday night, artists from around central Virginia got the chance to show off their crafts in front of a live audience. They took center stage at an Open Mic Night performing their latest creations.

The Open Mic Night is part of C'ville Series which takes place at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. It sets an environment where anyone can come and express themselves.

All of Friday night's artists performed poems, but a variety of different mediums are accepted including singing, dancing, rapping and more. The audience also participated in writing a community poem.

C'ville Series started out as just something fun to do over the summer but has now expanded into a year-long activity since it started in 2016.

One of the event's founders, Shelby Edwards, says the series gives people a way to not only perform their craft - but perfect it. "I think it's important to constantly practice the craft, whether you are singing or dancing or performing poetry, whatever, the more times you do it, the better you'll be at it."

Most of the participants are first-time performers at Open Mic Night. This gives them a place to start and get comfortable before moving on to bigger crowds.

If you missed Friday’s event, don't worry. Open Mic Nights take place every month and the next one is scheduled for November 15.