Up and Out: Revolution of Self
Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council presents
Up and Out: Revolution of Self
National Queer Youth Multidisciplinary Arts Festival
October 1-2, 2016

Up and Out: Revolution of Self is a free, multidisciplinary festival celebrating the artwork and identities of LGBTQIA+ youth from around the country. Featured work includes visual art, performances, film, music, poetry, and more! The festival also offers workshops and panel discussions, which are open to everyone. Up and Out: Revolution of Self aims to create a space where LGBTQIA+ youth are celebrated, encouraged, and amplified. Identities that are usually silenced become the norm, with a focus on the intersections between marginalized communities.


October 1, 2016 | Saturday | Free

Exhibition Opening | 5-6PM
Come celebrate the opening of Up and Out: Revolution of Self by checking out artwork by LGBTQIA+ youth visual artists from all around the country. Stick around for a free catered meal provided by Youthlink at 6PM.

Live youth performances | 6–8:30 PM
Presented in partnership with Open Stages, this event will showcase LGBTQIA+ youth performers from around the Twin Cities. Each performer can share one piece or talent: a poem, song, skit, dance, monologue, baton twirling, juggling, shadow puppets, and more! Sign-up to perform HERE!

October 2, 2016 | Sunday | Free

Workshops, panel discussions, film screenings, art gallery, and more! | 1-6PM
Drop in at any point during the day to browse the art, take in a film screening, hear from a panel of youth artists, or participate in a workshop.

Opening Meal and Resource Fair | 1-2:30PM
Come and share a free meal with folks while learning more about resources and organizations working with LGBTQIA+ folks throughout the Twin Cities.

Revolution of Self Workshops | 2:30-4:30PM
Engage and learn from experts and peers with your choice of four one-hour workshops that delve on specific topics pertinent to LGBTQIA+ youth.

Revolution of Self Panel | 4:30-5:30PM
Hear from local LGBTQIA+ youth leaders, organizers, artists, and activists as they reflect on their points of intersection in their movements and ask questions/conversate with them all.

Revolution of Self Closing | 5:30-6PM
Come end the festival with us and learn more about how you can continue keeping the spirit of the space moving forward.

Curated by the 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 Out: Revolution of Self 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: Revolution of Self is supported in part by a grant from HYPE: Helping Youth Promote Empowerment.