Look Inside at The Landing Place

62 Park Street, Rockland, ME

2nd Thursday of the Month

3:30 – 5:00 PM

For 5th – 8th Graders

The Landing Place, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and OUT Maine are partnering to offer a Look Inside drop-in engagement where participants will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on art-making through self-guided prompts.

No registration is necessary, but we do recommend you sign up for the newsletter below and check “Youth Program Notifications” so you can get reminders about future events.

Drop-in at the Flanagan Community Center

61 Limerock St, Rockland, ME

  • Sunday, November 13th, 2:30-4:30 PM 
  • Sunday, December 11th, 2:30-4:30 PM 

For Middle and High School Students

OUT Maine will be hosting in-person drop-ins at the Flanagan Community Center once a month. This is a relaxed space with games, crafts, and other activities. Email maggie@outmaine.org with any questions.

Click here to view our COVID-19 policies for in-person events.

No registration is necessary, but we do recommend you sign up for the newsletter below and check “Youth Program Notifications” so you can get reminders about future events.

SPEEDWELL Projects Gallery Visit and Workshop!

630 Forest Ave, Portland, ME

December 17th, 2:00pm-6:30pm

Sign up to attend OUT Maine’s December 17th visit to Speedwell Projects Gallery and participate in a workshop led by artists Devon Kelley-Yurdin and Jan Bindas – Tenney. The current exhibit at Speedwell, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, centers around various LGBTQ+ artists’ interpretation and experience of queer existence and love. Learn more about the exhibit here. Featured artists Devon Kelley-Yurdin and Jan Bindas-Tenney will also lead youth in participatory workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a zine making workshop and Going For It, an exercise in bravery and community care disguised as an experimental/amateur talent show. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a zine making workshop and Going For It, an exercise in bravery and community care disguised as an experimental/amateur talent show. It is an invitation to share the hidden corners (if it feels safe), try things outside your wheelhouse, or share old things with new people. It is less about talent (having it, not having it) and more about building muscles around community care, collective joy, creativity, and bravery. Performance is optional, and participation includes watching, cheering on, and supporting your peers! 

This event is on Saturday, December 17th at 2:00pm-6:30pm at the Speedwell Projects Gallery at 630 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine, for youth ages 14-18. Transportation may be supported/provided for youth in the Portland and Midcoast areas interested in attending. 

Spots are limited, so please register here if you are interested! Feel free to reach out to Maggie Hirshland at maggie@outmaine.org with any questions!

Building Welcoming and Inclusive Programs for LGBTQ+ Youth

Bangor Public Library

March 8th, 2023

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This intensive training is designed for anyone who works with youth. Participants will gain an understanding of LGBTQ+ terminology and issues, risk and protective factors, and current laws and rights. We will discuss best practices regarding pronoun usage, inclusive forms, and how to build welcoming, safe, and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth.

Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ+ Youth & Families For Mental Health Providers & Other Direct Support Professionals

Bangor Public Library

March 9th, 2023

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

This day-long training is for mental health providers, case managers, residential workers, school nurses, social workers, and any professional providing direct support for youth. This training is broken into four sections - an introduction of terminology, risk and protective factors, laws and rights, and an overview of best practices, followed by extensive sections focusing on the provider, direct support of youth, and navigating family systems.

This training is trauma-informed, strength-based, and offers CEUs. This training will be co-facilitated by Maura Oaks who is an LCPC and OUT Maine's Mental Health Coordinator, and August Sender who is OUT Maine's Training Coordinator and who has direct experience navigating the mental health services in Maine as a non-binary transgender individual.

Lunch, refreshments, and training materials will be provided. Attendance of the previous day's half-day training, or extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ youth is recommended - but not required - for this training.

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