Friday March 3rd to Sunday March 5th 2017
The strong women told the faggots that there are two important things to remember about the coming revolutions. The first is that we will get our asses kicked. The second is that we will win.”
Now, more than ever, the world needs the perspective of queer artists. To quote Nina Simone, “an artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” Those of us who still feel safe putting our queerness out in the world, help all those with less of a voice to keep hope, and to find their own strength and resilience in these frightening times. We must reclaim our role as a political force to be reckoned with, just as in the days of Stonewall or Act Up.
In its third year, MUSE is a one-of-a-kind retreat for queer creatives of all types and all skill levels. Days consist of skillshares and workshops alongside shared group activities and free time for work on solo projects or play. At night, we eat like queens, revel in our artistry, and celebrate the creative spirit. Set in a transformative natural setting, MUSE is a perfect opportunity to spark new ideas, work on a long-term project, or just connect with other passionate, artsy queers.
With a socially and politically turbulent year behind us and uncertain waters ahead, it felt appropriate to theme this year’s MUSE “Revolution.” Societal change and art have gone hand-in-hand throughout history, especially for LGBTQ communities. From the iconic feminist Rosie the Riveter opening doors for lesbians to Felix Gonzalez Torres’ works focusing on the AIDS epidemic to the recent influx of trans actors into the entertainment industry, art has been central to our liberation and our struggles.
MUSE: Revolution is a place to focus on art and ask ourselves how we can help spread queerness throughout the world and keep our revolution going. This is a space for action and participation. Coming to this retreat, don’t expect to just sit back and absorb. You will be asked to co-create this space. This may mean leading a workshop, cooking up a beautiful meal, or sharing your art at the show or salon. Think about your contributions.
Playshops, Projects, Show, and Salon
Just like last year’s MUSE, we have three tracks for participants to choose from: Learn, Act Up, and Thrive. Learn will be focused on arts skills and projects, Act Up about creating social and political change through art, and Thrive on how to succeed as an artist. View the full program and schedule of MUSE: Revolution now!
There are also two amazing events you should know and plan for. These are the Queeriosities Cabaret and the Audre Lorde and James Baldwin Arts Salon.The ‘cabaret’ has a celebrated history of queer sanctuary and visibility, art, sexuality, and political discourse that challenges mainstream ideologies and acts as space for refuge and jubilation. On Friday night’s Queeriousities Cabaret we invite performers to reflect on the history and future of ‘cabaret’ as a host for political discussion around not only mainstream politics, but the artist’s role in our highly-politicized society. Whether you share your writings, visual art and media, favorite protest songs or original music, or artistic and drag performance, we challenge participants to bring your own personal flavor of Revolution! Contact Mike Korcek at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to sign up or simply sign up when you arrive and check in at Muse.
On Saturday night the Audre Lorde and James Baldwin Arts Salon will be an opportunity for all artists in attendance to show their work in an unconventional gallery-like setting. This year, to fit the theme, we’re asking for a focus on politically oriented art works. Note from the Curator: I am looking for work that makes people uncomfortable, makes them think, and gets them out of their bubble; including me! If I see a sample of your work or read your proposal and it makes me squirm, that is perfect. If you are interested in helping or showing, please contact salon organizer Dean Disaster at deanna.leitner@
This event is no one turned away for lack of funds, so we do have scholarship options available for those who can’t afford the registration fee.
*** Groundswell events are only open to adults. You must be over 18 to attend***
If you are registering for multiple people, PLEASE make sure to give their name(s) and e-mail(s) as well as yours. It’s very important for us to get registration information out to every one.
We also have a carpool page!
All photographs from last year’s MUSE are by Kegan Marling