2 weeks, June 7-18 / 10 am- 3:00 pm  / Teens Ages 13-17

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 local and visiting artists.  Students will also learn how art can be used as an outlet to communicate issues important to them and to make change. 

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)

We have applied for funding to provide scholarships and reduced rates for enrollment.

To register click  Register here!

FAQs

1. Do students have to identify as LGBTQIA + to attend the Self Expression Camp? 

No, this is an “All Inclusive Camp” which is art focused giving students the opportunity and tools they need to explore what they believe in.  It is intended to be a safe space for those who identify as LGBTQIA+ as well as their allies to be themselves and to honor each other’s differences. 

2. Can you elaborate on the themes or issues that will be explored? 

We are providing the vehicle for their self expression. We are dedicated to giving students the agency to explore what it is that they think, feel and believe. Some of the themes that will come up are community, hope, fear, empathy, communication and more.

3. Who are the Instructors? 

We hand select specific artists for their creativity, experience working with youth and their artistic bravery to provide the participants with a variety of unique art forms that aren’t offered elsewhere. This is special! Artists include poets, zine artists, theater and movement artists, ceramicists, muralists and more.

Instructors (more coming!)

Eric Jackson, Sonoma Community Center’s Creative Programs Manager & Fiber Arts Department Head, has been a Costume Designer for Sonoma Arts Live, and participated for over 8 years as a Director, Choreographer, Costume Designer, Props Master and Performer with Transcendence Theatre Company.  NYC performing credits include television, film, and commercial work and Broadway and National tours. Eric has also been a Guest Instructor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and Siena Heights University and has taught workshops and masterclasses in New York City with the Broadway Student Lab, Broadway Artists Alliance, and the Broadway Classroom.  He graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan.  

Rosie Alonso graduated from CSUSB in 2015 with an MFA in creative writing. She teaches poetry to youth with the California Poets in the Schools and teaches English Composition in San Bernardino County. She is the chief editor of Acid Verse Literary Journal published twice a year by Los Angeles Poet Society Press. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Cockroach Manifesto, is forthcoming. When she is not teaching, she enjoys astrology, playing bass guitar, and sneaking her cat into Walmart because why not? Sticking it to the man.