MUSE: Inspire Presenter Call

MUSE: Inspire

March 3 – 6, 2016

Deadline for workshop/presentation proposals is February 5th 2016

Groundswell is proud to announce our second annual queer creatives retreat, MUSE. The main goal of MUSE is to provide opportunities for networking and skill building for queer artists. All levels and types of creative skills are welcome.

This year’s theme is “Inspire” and we will be asking participants to explore the people, things, or actions that inspire them as an artist and a queer person. Inspiration is at the heart of creative expression, that spark of vision that births art in its multitude of forms. While we don’t require (or want) all workshops to be based on this theme, please feel free to work it into what you present.

We are hoping to have a wide range of those active in the arts community to present workshops, dialogues, and demonstrations.  We are asking that each presentation fit loosely within the three “tracks” outlined below:

  • Solo – these workshops should be focused on development of individual creative skills. These can include sculpting, photography, creative introspection, writing and lots more.
  • Collaborative – these can be anywhere from cooking a collaborative meal, to model/photographer workshops, to working with a group on a creative project for Groundswell’s facilities. While your collaborative workshop certainly doesn’t have to include Groundswell’s facilities in it, if you feel called to leave work behind there are a number of possibilities. Below is a list of potential land projects you could take on in your workshop:
    • Designing and sewing curtains for cabins
    • Bench for center camp or other places
    • Creation of new flag for center camp flag pole
    • Designing a mural for a public area

(Keep in mind, if you decide to do a collaborative creative project for the facilities designs and location will need to be approved by Groundswell staff before implementation. We will work with each of these workshops to make this approval as quick and easy as possible.)

Thriving Artist – presenters within this track focus on the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful artist. This might look like: how to find/write grants, how to market one’s creative skills, or any number of other skills that help artists survive, and even thrive, in capitalism.

To propose a presentation, get involved in other ways, or for more information, please contact:

Kevin “Faire” Faircloth, Project Coordinator


In addition, we have two opportunities for all participants in the retreat to strut their stuff, so to speak.  The first is a variety show for performers of all types and the second will be a salon of queer visual arts, fashion, and performance art held in our newly renovated event barn. Details below.

Queeriosities Cabaret: On Friday evening of the retreat there will be a variety show of sorts. This is open to whatever you feel like offering the group. If you’d like to help put it on please email Mike Korcek at

The Gertrude and Oscar Artist Salon: On Saturday of the event there will be an opportunity for all artists in attendance to show their work in an unconventional gallery-like setting. This space will not only be set up for the traditional arts, but also for fashion, drag, and performance art. If you are interested in helping or showing, please contact salon organizer Dean Disaster at