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OUT Maine Goes Live on the Lake


Rainbow Ball Weekend

April 29 – May 1, 2022

Grades 8 -12

$30 registration fee, scholarships available.

OUT Maine / Haystack Craft Weekend

Fall, 2022

Grades 11 – 12

$30 registration fee, scholarships available.

Overnight Regional Retreats

Dates TBD

Grades 8 – 12

$10 fee, scholarships available.


Sadly, Event Canceled due to Rising COVID-19 Cases

We are very sad to announce that we have to cancel the OMG/LOL October 1st-3rd weekend retreat. With today’s news reports about rapidly rising cases and ICU bed overload here in Maine, and the variations in school policies about masking and vaccination requirements, we don’t feel it is safe to hold an in-person overnight event for youth at this time. As our first priority is the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth, the current COVID risks are too high for youth, staff and volunteers.

This decision was a very challenging one. We know, from our youth and their parents, that this event was very important. It would have been one of the first opportunities since March 2020 for youth to socialize in person with LGBTQ+ peers and supportive adults. All of us at OUT Maine join each of you in the disappointment this cancellation will cause.

We are still running our FREE weekly virtual programs for teens: Queeries for ages 13-17 and Emerging Leaders for ages 16-22. Please visit to learn more and to register.

Thank you for your understanding and your support of LGBTQ+ youth.

Below is a video from OUT Maine’s Leadership Weekend which also took place at Camp Kieve.


Camp Wavus, Jefferson, ME
April 29 – May 1, 2022
Grades 8 – 12

$30 registration fee, scholarships available.

Looking for a reason to dust off your instrument, get dressed up, and play some games all while connecting with your peers?!
Rainbow Ball is a weekend-long experience for LGBTQ+ youth to safely express themselves in a variety of forms, while gaining team building skills. And yes, there is a talent show if you’re ready for the stage and an LGBTQ+ safe prom!

Please email or call 800-530-6997 with questions.


Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

Fall 2022

Grades 11 and 12

$30 registration fee, scholarships available.

Have you ever wanted to learn a new craft or skill? One that you may hope to master, or never use again? Do you ever wish the workshops and activities you experience at camp would be more in depth? OUT Maine Haystack Mountain School of Crafts studio-immersion weekend might be the place for you!

Students register for the craft they want to be immersed in from Friday-Sunday and head over to beautiful Deer Isle to be instructed by renowned LGBT artist faculty from around the country. By the end of the weekend, you will have produced a craft piece in your chosen medium! Past immersion crafts have included blacksmithing, fiber, ceramics, silk screening, woodworking, to name a few!

Reach out for more information on our next immersion weekend today!

FMI please email or call 800-530-6997.


High School Youth, Grades 11-12

Art Teachers and GSTA Advisors - Nominate 2 Students

We are seeking LGBTQ+ Juniors and Seniors who are creatively inclined. If you have someone in mind, please nominate them! Each school may nominate 2 students.

Nominations forms are not yet available.

2019 Faculty and Workshops. 2021 Options TBD. 
Graphics with Hope Rovelto: Say it out loud: Screen-printing posters and shirts

Hope Rovelto received a MFA in Ceramics/Glass from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts, a Filmmaking Certificate from the Seattle Film Institute, and a BFA from Maine College of Art with an emphasis in sculpture and printmaking. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts and Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, PA, an Artist-in-Residence at Greenwich House Pottery and an Advisory Board Member to Watershed Center for the Ceramic Art, Newcastle, ME. Hope is the founder of Little Chair Printing in Portland, ME.

Blacksmithing with Vivian Beer: Fired up: An introduction to blacksmithing and forging

Vivian Beer is a furniture designer/maker based in New England, where her studio, Vivian Beer Studio Works, is celebrating its tenth year. She received an MFA in metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maine College of Art. Beer was featured on Ellen’s Design Challenge, an American furniture design competition, and won the challenge along with a cash prize. Following this win, she was awarded several prestigious fellowships, including the John D. Mineck furniture fellowship. She had the experience working at the National Air and Space Museum researching American aeronautic design history, in which she received the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

Fibers with Steven Frost: Sewing rebellion! Clothing from up-cycled materials

Steven Frost is an instructor in the Department of Media Studies and an independent artist. His work tells the stories of hidden histories through performances, objects and workshops. His research focuses on queer history, pop culture and community development in DIY community spaces. Since 2016, Frost has hosted the Colorado Sewing Rebellion at the Boulder Public Library’s maker space. This monthly workshop teaches participants to mend and make their own clothing. Frost is a co-founder of the Experimental Weaving Residency and 2018 grant recipient from the Center for Craft Creativity and Design. He received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ceramics with Joshua Paul Hebbert: Clay vessels: Storytelling and identity

Joshua Paul Hebbert has worked for a variety of cultural craft institutions, including Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He received his MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his BFA from Creighton University in Ceramics. He is currently an artist in residence at the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia, PA.

Wood with Sylvie Rosenthal: Woodcarving : Personal charms, collaboration & play

Sylvie Rosenthal has shown nationally at galleries and museums such as The Fuller Craft Museum (MA), The Mint Museum (NC), and the Museum of Art and Design (NYC). Currently, Sylvie maintains a studio practice making furniture on commission, production work for sale online, and sculpture. Sylvie has been routinely invited as a visiting artist, teacher, and researcher to many schools including San Diego State University (CA), University of Wisconsin Whitewater and Madison (WI), Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Anderson Ranch Arts Center (CO), Australia National University (Canberra, Australia) and Tainan National University of the Arts (Tainan, Taiwan R.O.C.). Currently Sylvie teaches woodworking at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and is also on the board of trustees of CERF+, the Artists’ Safety Net.

Metals with Everett Hoffman: Jewelry making: Personal adornment & decoration

Everett Hoffman was born and raised in Southwest Idaho surrounded by suburbs and farming towns. He graduated with a BFA in Metals from Boise State University in 2013 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. He currently lives in Gatlinburg TN, where he is the 2018-2019 artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft. His current body of work examines everyday material debris reconstructed within the complex narratives of identity, gender, and sexual desire. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Soil Gallery in Seattle, and the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.

Parents / Teachers

Can a parent chaperone their child? No. We have limited beds available. Allowing parents to also attend would reduce how many students could attend.

Can you accommodate special-needs students? Please call or email us to discuss the youth’s needs. Due to limited housing, we cannot accommodate a youth who requires a private cabin. or 800-530-6997.

Is there a bus leaving from my child’s school or picking them up? Buses will be available in key locations. Be prepared to arrange transportation to and from a pick-up location or to the event itself. Also, you must indicate on your child’s registration that they need transportation to guarantee a seat on the bus.

If I volunteer, can I take an art class? No. Class space and resources are limited to the students and the art classes are already supervised by the instructors, their assistants, and either an OUT Maine staff member or a Junior Counselor.

Can I chaperone my student(s)? No. We have limited beds available. Allowing teachers to also attend would reduce how many students could attend.

Youth Participants

Can I stay in the same cabin as my best friend? Please indicate your friend request on your registration form. Both friends must request. We will do the best we can to accommodate, but can’t promise.

Are cabins assigned by gender: You may choose to stay in a male, female, or gender-neutral cabin. If you do not indicate a preference, we will assign you to a gender-neutral cabin.

Can I drive myself to the event? Yes, but you have to leave your keys with the office staff at Haystack during the weekend.

I’m 18, does that mean I can leave the campus during the weekend? No. We have a full schedule for the weekend, which would not allow enough time to leave campus. If you are not interested in participating in the workshops, you should not attend the weekend.

Will I have a quiet place to go if things get to be too much? Yes! We have quiet spaces available during the weekend as well as helpful adults you can speak to if you are feeling stressed.


Haystack Mountin School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine

Haystack has a beautiful campus where all the cabins overlook rocky cliffs towards the ocean. Between the cabins are large studios for different crafts including metals, ceramics, fiber, and printing. Read more on their website:


Fall 2021, Exact dates have not been set yet

Weekend Schedule
  • 11 am, Arrival/registration

  • Noon, Lunch

  • 1:00 pm, Orientation

  • 1:30-5:00 pm, Studio sessions

  • 5:30 pm, Group dinner

  • 7:00 pm, Faculty presentations in Gateway

  • 8:00-10:30 pm, Studio sessions

  • 11:00 pm, Lights out


  • 8:00 am, Group breakfast

  • 9:00-Noon, Studio sessions

  • Noon, Group lunch

  • 1:00-5:00 pm, Studio sessions

  • 5:30 pm, Group dinner

  • 7:00 pm, Faculty presentations in Gateway

  • 8:00-10:30 pm, Studio sessions

  • 11:00 pm, Lights out


  • 8:00 am, Group breakfast

  • 8:45 am, Group meeting

  • 9:00-10:30 am, Studio: clean, evaluate, prepare for walk- through

  • 10:30-Noon Walk-through all studios to view art pieces

  • Noon – 1 pm Grab lunch and snack for the road.

  • See you next time!


A weekend where LGBTQ+ youth can be themselves, have fun, explore new media, learn from queer artist faculty from around the country… and be creative!


We do not have any overnights currently scheduled.

Grades 8 – 12

$10 registration fee, scholarships available.

Looking to connect with LGBTQ+ peers, without the pressure of workshops and saving the world? OUT Maine puts on regional overnights several times a year across the state of Maine in different locations to host evenings of food and fun. Yeah. It is basically a giant sleepover. Arrive in the afternoon and check out by 11am the next morning, you can’t ask for a more convenient weekend experience than that!

Typical Overnight Schedule

5 p.m. Arrival and icebreakers.
5:30 p.m. Cook and eat dinner (something simple and tasty, like tacos or pizza).
7 p.m. games, crafts, and/or a movie.
10 p.m. lights out


9 a.m. Breakfast.
10 a.m. Clean up followed by one last fun activity or group photo.
11 a.m. Pick up time.

We’ve been everywhere! The next overnight may be in a school, church, or community center near you!