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Queer Art Camp: Print & Fiber – Week 2

July 24, 2023 @ 10:00 am July 28, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Date: July 24th – 28th
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Instructor: Claire + Ash Hay
Ages: 10 – 17
Registration is Free!
Donations are appreciated but not required.

We are partnering with Positive Images to provide a safe and inclusive space for teens to find their artistic voice through radical self-expression. In this two week camp students will explore themes that matter to them through a variety of unconventional art forms led by Bay Area artists.  Students will also learn how art can be used as an outlet to communicate issues important to them.  Students are invited to attend one or both weeks of camp. This camp will be a total of two weeks, and youth are welcome to attend either one, or both weeks of Queer Art Camp.

Week two (July 24-28) will focus on how art can be used as a tool for change and inspiration through printmaking and fiber arts. 

Participants will explore print and textile making through collaborative and individual projects that are centered around experimentation and history. While learning about the Intersection of these two art forms and how they have been used historically for activism, students will experience how art can be a vital way to convey a message. 

This camp will offer an artistic community of inclusion for all identities of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.

(Positive Images is a grassroots organization whose mission is to provide support, advocacy, and education to Sonoma County’s LGBTQIA+ community. We nurture positive self-image through creating an affirming environment where everyone can explore their identities, develop leadership skills and participate in building a just and equitable society)

Ash Hay


Ash Hay grew up in the San Fernando Valley among a large family of makers and creators who nurtured their interest in art from a very young age. Ash moved to Sonoma County to attend Sonoma State University where they received their BFA in printmaking and is currently living and working in Santa Rosa.

For Ash, visual art is the most natural way to explore and express ideas of identity and communication in a way that connects them to the skills and craft that they have been honing since they were a child. Ash continues to expand their work among a supportive network of local artists who create opportunities for themselves and others. 

Ash has created work for SOMO Village, has participated in numerous community craft fairs and festivals, hosted a local Drink & Draw program, and was a 2019 Creative Sonoma Discovered Award grant recipient. Ash’s deep connections to community play a large role in their work and they are often asking “ How does the experience in my body reflect that of the collective body?”

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

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