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Please support Arts in the Woods 2014- New Alternatives LGBTQ homeless youth camp at Easton Mountain, with a generous donation. Thank you!
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Arts in the Woods 2014

July 13th to July 18th



Nestled in the rolling hills of upstate New York, Arts in The Woods is a summer arts retreat designed to empower young queer artists and build an intergenerational community of visual artists, musicians, dancers, writers and performers. From Sunday July 13th to Friday July 18th, young people ages 18-24 who have survived NYC and Boston's queer youth shelters will attend a collective arts residency at Easton Mountain Retreat Center and be nurtured by more established queer artists and performers. Arts in the Woods creates space for all participants to heal together from the misogyny, transphobia, racism, inadequate housing, and economic injustice so pervasive in our cities. The beautiful land at Easton Mountain offers artistic inspiration and a perfect backdrop for creativity.

Our goal for 2014 is to develop the creativity and leadership of 40 young people and 8 teaching artists at this summer's Arts in the Woods.  WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this incredible experience financially possible.

Workshops were made in art, theater, music, fashion, crafts, and dance movement.  Intergenerational sharing circles provided a safe and loving environment for participants to process their experiences and build community.  Help us create this Arts in the Woods 2014 by making a donation today!

We are pleased to announce the return of Greg Cassin. Greg is a powerful charismatic group leader working with at risk youth. He will be leading the group healing circles and guiding the youth campers with love and care.

                           Announcing our esteemed  2014 Senior Mentors!

   Mark Allan Davis                    Roberto Juarez                       Julie Tolentino

  Dance & Theater                    Painting & Drawing             Performance Art

Our 2014 Artist Teachers

Wil Fisher          Maia Cruz Palileo     Ethan Shoshan      Darin Chase       Freddy Freeman

   Runn Shayo             Jason Hill            Quito Zigler         Shelly Marlow        Kendal Kelly

Friends Were Made!

Dance Movement  Performance Art and Theater Music, Fashion and Creative Writing

Community was Made



Expenses includes room and board, three meals a day, transportation, teacher's honorariums, and supplies. The cost to cover each camper is approximately $600.00  



     No donation is too small! Please give what you can!

                                            Checks can be mailed to: New Alternatives c/o AITW  

                                                              83 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014 

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This year we are partnering with 

New Alternatives:  New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth was created in October, 2008 by a group of volunteers and professionals with experience working with homeless LGBT youth in various shelter and transitional housing settings. The mission of the organization is to increase the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBT youth to enable them to “go beyond” the shelter system and transition into stable adult lives. We do this by providing services such as case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational activities, opportunities for self-expression, and support services for HIV+ youth. Our guiding principles are those of harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment.

GLASS Boston:  Boston Gay & Lesbian Adolescent Social Services opened in 1995, as New England’s first (and the country’s fourth) community center serving young people in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. An average of 25-30 youth a night come to GLASS to meet friends, talk to staff or participate in formal programming.   Boston GLASS provides counseling, advocacy and referrals for health care services and housing to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) teens and young adults, many of whom are youth of color.

 Sylvia's Place: MCCNY Homeless Youth Services: Sylvia’s Place is the starting point for New York City’s LGBTQI youth in crisis. Integrating case management with mental health services while stressing the unique strengths and potential of each youth, MCCNY Homeless Youth Services has developed a proven method for serving LGBTQI youth in crisis. This method has been modeled by service providers across the country and around the world.

THE ALI FORNEY CENTER  The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive program in the nation dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth. Through our Outreach Services, Drop In Center and Emergency and Transitional Housing we see over 1,000 homeless LGBTQ youth each year. We offer three warm meals a day, showers, and clothing. We provide youth with on-site medical and mental health services, HIV and STI testing and treatment, substance abuse support, career and educational counseling and life skills mentoring. Above all, we offer these young people the tools they need to reclaim their lives and become independent.

New Alternatives are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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  • $25USD
    Big Kiss!

    The Arts in the Woods team will send a video of us blowing you a big thank you kiss to your e-mail!

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  • $50USD
    Class Photo

    We'll send a video of us blowing you a big thank you kiss to your e-mail, plus a group photo of this year's Arts in the Woods participants to show you who you supported!

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    Personalized Thank-You Card

    We'll send you a video of us blowing you a big thank you kiss to your e-mail!, a group photo of this year's Arts in the Woods campers, and a personalized thank you card from one of the campers.

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    Youth Art

    We'll send you all of the above, plus a piece of art one of the campers will make during their time at camp

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    Super Hero

    We'll send you all of the above, plus you'll be invited to a special luncheon where you'll get a chance to hear about the camp and meet some of the young artists.

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    Work from a Young Artist

    All of the above, plus the great feeling of pride knowing your gift made a huge impact!

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