Groundswell gives queer people the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to create positive change in the world.
- Our programs teach leadership, community organizing, organizational development, critical thinking, and design.
- Through meaningful connections created at Groundswell, people are building stronger, more connected queer communities throughout Northern California.
- We strengthen current and future generations of queer people by teaching about and creating connections to our history.
Most of our programs will have some elements that teach ways to create positive change in the world. In 2017, the following programs are focused on helping LGBTQ people create positive change in their communities:
MUSE: Queer Creatives Retreat – 3/3 – 3/5
This will be our third MUSE, a retreat for LGBTQ creatives of all types. MUSE is a mix of skillshares, workshops, and group art projects that aid artists in exploring and expressing their creative voice. We will also be bringing back our popular workshop track focused on the skills one needs to thrive as an artist. This is a co-created program and we are still looking for workshop presenters / activity leads.
Bayard Rustin Bootcamp for Community Organizing – 5/12 – 5/14
Bayard Rustin was a key architect of the civil rights movement, a passionate supporter of nonviolent resistance, and a gay man. This program, both in his memory and for our futures, will be a series of workshops and activities that will teach the fundamentals of nonviolent resistance and community organizing. We will be focusing on time-honored tactics that helped historic communities and movements realize social change.
Nature=Nurture: Eco-camp – 6/16 – 6/18
It’s common wisdom, and now scientific fact, that nature is a nurturing force in our lives, helping us lead healthier, less-stressed lives. And, in these days, it’s ever more important that we nurture nature. All weekend we will be teaching regenerative ecology skills and how to work with the woods in ways that benefit both you and nature. The program will culminate with a group natural building project. This is a co-created program and we are still looking for workshop presenters / activity leads. (Date changed 2/3/17)
Queer It Yourself – 7/21 – 7/23
Q.I.Y. is a makers festival for LGBTQ crafters and creators of all sorts. Previous years have included workshops ranging from screen printing to resin casting to felt animals to marketing your crafts. Group projects and craft areas will be happening all weekend and people are encouraged to bring projects of their own to work on. The program culminates in a large-scale collaborative sculpture project that invites all to co-create a work of art with found materials. This is a co-created program and we are still looking for workshop presenters / activity leads.
XRYSALIS – 8/11 – 8/13
A unique program by and for LGBTQ people of color, XRYSALIS creates a truly safe space for those communities to come together, explore their common experiences, and deepen connections to their selves and their communities. To get a glimpse into what happened the first year of this program check out this feature article about it from the Guardian. There is an organizing team that plans this event – please get in touch if you are interested in being involved.
TRANScend – 10/13 – 10/15
TRANScend is a gathering for trans and gender non-conforming folks to come together, heal, and celebrate the ways in which we experience our diverse genders. We will create a space for deep connection to self and each other, to rise up as a community, and to foster a world where we can openly live our authentic lives.There is an organizing team that plans this event – please get in touch with lead organizer Spring if you are interested in being involved.
Lavender: LGBTQ Leadership Conference – 11/17 – 11/19
Leadership takes many forms: you might head an arts collective, lead a nonprofit, run a small business, or be engaged with civics. One thing that is common of nearly all leaders, though, is a need for connection to others with similar passions and a desire to grow their skills. In addition, LGBTQ leaders face unique opportunities and challenges. Join us for a weekend that explores those topics while building on individual’s capacities for leadership. There is an organizing team that plans this event – please get in touch if you are interested in being involved.