Local arts collective Forward Arts Inc. is reaching out to younger students.

Called “heARTbeat,” the new elementary open mic poetry reading series is open to those in Grades 6 and below.

Sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 15; Nov. 12; Jan. 14 and March 24. Venue will be the Hartley/Vey Workshop Theatre in the Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St.

Performers will be backed by a band.

All youth participants must be accompanied by adult parent or guardian.

For more information, visit forwardarts.org.