Up & Out: Coming Home

Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council presents
Up & Out: Coming Home

Up & Out is a multidisciplinary arts festival cultivated by and for queer and trans youth held annually at Intermedia Arts. This year’s festival, Up & Out: Coming Home, seeks to create an inclusive safe space for youth who are encouraged to celebrate and showcase their own capabilities through art that speaks to the power they hold individually and the power held by the communities they identify with. We encourage queer and trans youth to reflect on the legacy and impact they have had on society and to take up the space they’ve earned.
Up & Out: Coming Home will feature a pop-up visual art gallery, fashion show, resource fair, panel discussion, and art making workshops as well as free community meals!


Call for Art | Submit your work to be part of Up & Out: Coming Home
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2017

As part of the festival, there will be a small gallery space displaying art made by and for queer and trans youth (folks under age 23). We are looking for 2D and 3D art (depending on size and ability to bring to Intermedia Arts). Feel free to be inspired by the theme or submit anything that you are particularly proud of. Once submitted, the Youth Leadership Council will curate and decide on pieces for the show.
Submit Art Work to be featured at Up & Out: Coming Home

Call for Proposals | Lead a Workshop as part of Up & Out: Coming Home
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2017

We will be holding a series of art-making workshops on Saturday, April 29. We are seeking proposals from youth (folks under the age of 23) to lead art-making workshops. Stipend provided.
Submit Your Art-Making Workshop Proposals for Up & Out: Coming Home


Up & Out: Coming Home Event Schedule:

April 28, 2017 | Friday | 5:30-9:30PM

Pop-up Gallery Opening | 5:30PM
Dinner | 6PM
Fashion Show with Dance Party to follow | 7PM
Resource Fair | Ongoing

April 29, 2017 | Saturday | 12-6PM

Lunch | 12 PM 
Panel Discussion | 1PM 
Art-Making Activities | 2:30PM
Art Share | 4:30PM
Resource Fair | Ongoing

Curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council

Intermedia Arts Youth Leadership Council members, realizing that the narratives of queer youth are often unrecognized and marginalized by mainstream media, decided to create Up and OutComing Home in an effort to highlight important work being created by queer youth. Additionally, the festival will offer space to foster leadership, mentorship, and recognition in an effort to reduce the barriers many queer youth often face when attempting to connect with adult mentors, enabling them to tap into a large community of support.

Up and Out is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota