Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, October 31, 2019
Crafts and PRIDE on Deer Isle
Last month, 65 LGBTQ high school juniors and seniors from 15 of Maine’s 16 counties participated in a weekend of creative workshops and fun at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
Celebrated LGBT artists from around the U.S. taught workshops to empower and inspire the youth to see themselves in their fullest capacity while they modeled an open and out life in the arts, according to a news release from OUT Maine. Youth participants worked alongside each other in the studios in a safe and supportive community. Students, faculty and chaperones lived on campus for three days and participated in evening presentations and discussion groups facilitated by teaching artists.
OUT Maine partnered with Haystack to put on the “inspiring weekend,” with recognition and appreciation to the visiting artists, the staff of Haystack Mountain School of Arts and OUT Maine’s volunteer Junior Counselors for making this weekend happen. The news release also notes OUT Maine’s appreciation for the band Gender Confetti for “rocking it on Saturday night!” Visit OUT Maine’s facebook page for more photos from the event.
OUT Maine supports, educates and empowers rural LGBTQ youth by providing community safe spaces; changing school climate through education and building Gay/Straight/Trans Alliances (school clubs); building a strong provider safety net by training health and mental health providers, school staff, clergy and other youth service organizations; and supporting parents and families of these at-risk youth to keep youth safe in their homes. For more information, visit outmaine.org.