What comes to mind when you think of Missouri?


What has living here meant in your life?


What do you hope for future Missourians?


A team of Missouri School of Journalism students will be asking Missourians these and other questions at several bicentennial festivals and events this summer and recording oral stories at the Missouri on Mic traveling audio booth. KBIA News listeners will have a chance to hear some of these Missouri on Mic stories this fall. The stories will also appear at Ragtag Cinema later in the year. The collection of stories will be archived at the State Historical Society of Missouri as part of Missouri’s 200th anniversary of Statehood.

Missouri on Mic kicks off May 8 and 9, noon – 6 p.m., at the True False Film Fest where Missourians can visit the audio booth at the island shelter pavilion at Stephens Lake Park. It will travel to CoMo 200, Columbia’s bicentennial festival, July 2-4. COVID-19 safety precautions will be strictly adhered to visitors at the Missouri on Mic audio booth. In August, it will be at Together for ’21 Fest, Missouri’s bicentennial festival at the Center for Missouri Studies and the University of Missouri-Columbia campus Aug. 6-8. Missouri on Mic will travel to Jefferson City for Statehood Day at the State Capitol, Tuesday, Aug. 10. Missouri on Mic will also be at the Missouri State Fair on select dates. Access to the audio booth is free. If you’re unable to attend any of the events scheduled for Missouri on Mic, you can still have your story recorded remotely for the project by contacting KBIA at news@kbia.org.