Arts in the Woods is an annual intergenerational summer arts retreat. Many of us have been on staff since 2013. In 2015 we took leadership and planned the camp collectively, switched the structure to all work together on one collectively imagined project–a music video. Nine youth leaders from the Wrrqshop assisted in running the camp.
Camp Director : Quito Ziegler. Co-Directors : Kristen Parker Lovell, Wil Fisher, Travis Laughlin, Ethan Shoshan.
Fierce and Free : original song + music video created from scratch during the retreat.
Exhibition at Leslie Lohman project space, Sept. 2015.
Arts in the Woods is an annual retreat at the Easton Mountain Queer Retreat Center for over 50 queer/trans visual artists, performers, dancers, musicians, makeup, and culinary artists. The program uniquely encourages collaborations between different generations of queer artists. Half of the artists are taking a break from transience or staying at homeless shelters in NYC and Boston. The other half are at different points in their journeys. Many of the returning participants are shelter alumnae who worked collectively as leaders for six months to plan the retreat at a weekly intergenerational art salon called the Wrrqshop.
Arts in the Woods grew from a desire by more established queer artists to co-create with young transient artists passing through queer youth homeless shelters. The program dismantles the hierarchies established in dominant systems of culture, nurturing a cohort of young queers to take control of their own representation. All participants agree to respect and learn from each other, as they take time away from the transphobia, police brutality, money troubles, and other pervasive social ills that plague our cities.
Partners include the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Easton Mountain Queer Retreat Center, Sylvia’s Place, New Alternatives, Harlem United, Boston GLASS, LMCC Fund for Creative Communities, Visual AIDS, the Wrrqshop, and Trans in Action.
Music and Video created at Arts in the Woods, Summer 2015
*** * * * * * * ** FIERCE AND FREE *** * * * * ** * * ** * * * * ** *
.. . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . SONG … . .. . . . . . . . .. …. . . .. . . .
I’m so fierce: Ivan “Lotus” Cabrera, Jr.
Rap: Tamara “Star” Green
Verses: Sylver Gold
Bridge: Lyla Mizuno
Feathers, Tarik St. Clair, Fuego Mitchell
Lotus, Star, Sylver, Lyla, Teddy, Sabree, Miguel, DJ Zodiac/Jemini Huff, Feathers, Freddy
Feathers and Freddy Freeman
.. . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . VIDEO … . .. . . . . . . . .. …. . . .. . . .
Darnell Davis, Jordan Cobb
Sabree Miller and Marcel Marceau II
Elii Q. Evans, Tarik St. Clair, Junior Walker, Fuego Mitchell, Danielle Rye
Special appearances by:
Danielle Rye, Ky’iera Campbell, Quito Ziegler, Teddy Santiago, Manny Ramsey, Icarus Voltaire, Melissa, Mathieus Hussein, Sylver Gold, Feathers, Jeff Chandler, Ty, Jordan Cobb
Portal and Staff set pieces made by the Pavilion of Imagination art crew:
Darnell Davis, Destiny James, Ethan Shoshan, JJ Sanchez, Koko Surani, Meisha, Ipomoea Stardreamer Felidae, Skittles Tolbert, Stephen Boyer, Tamara “Star” Green
Jack Jackson, Sue Ka, Runn Shayo
Lead Artist – Pavilion of Imagination:
Kristen Parker Lovell, Wil Fisher, Travis Laughlin, Ethan Shoshan
Sylver Gold, Matheius Hussein, Sabree Miller, Manny Ramsey, Danielle Rye, Icarus Voltaire, Lyla Mizuno, Tamara “Star” Green
Assistant Camp Directors:
Ky’iera Campbell, Elizabeth M. Rivera
Danielle Rye, Icarus Voltaire, Redemption Athanasius L’Ouverture
Darrell “Starfish” Wimbush, Jesse Tank Malakai, Ty, Teddy Sanchez, Lucretia John, Jacqalin Keeling
Jaymmie Wallace, Bella Waters, Dawn Kimberly Cole, Ty Hinson
Tim Grady and Tarik St. Clair