A Very Important Announcement From Queer Rock Camp

We would like to share some very important updates with you about camp. Queer Rock Camp will not be holding a camp session in Olympia this coming summer (2016), and we would like to share why, and invite you to join an ongoing process of feedback and envisioning. Please read on for a letter from the Olympia QRC organizing crew (also available in video form) and a statement from QRC organizers in Seattle about their current plans. We have brainstormed a variety of ways to get your feedback about the past, present, and future of camp – and we hope that you will take some time to share your experiences and ideas with us! Queer Rock Camp values all members of our amazing and funky community, and we hope to continue working together through this time of growth, accountability, and re-envisioning. Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns.

 


 

A Letter To Our Community, From the Olympia Queer Rock Camp Collective

Dear QRC friends, family, and extended community,

We, the current group of Olympia QRC collective members, are reaching out to you to share some of our reflections on camp this past summer, as well as the work we have been doing since camp in 2015. Our group has been reflecting on the values and goals set out for QRC since its beginning five years ago, and realized we have been falling short in many ways.

Since the end of the 2015 camp sessions, we have been processing the impact that QRC has had on various communities, especially the harmful ways that camp has contributed to systemic oppression and violence. Through this reflection the QRC collective has decided to not hold camp in 2016. Instead, we hope to dedicate our time and energy towards accountability work, restorative justice, and community healing.

With great grief and a strong commitment to holding ourselves accountable, the collective acknowledges that pervasive, institutional racism has been upheld within QRC over the years our organization has existed. Other feedback the collective has recurrently received since QRC’s inception is institutional and widespread transmisogyny at camp and in the organizing structure of the collective. Some examples of this feedback is specific to workshops that have been put on over the years; oppressive dynamics between organizers, volunteers, and campers; a lack of support and resources coupled with an uneven distribution of labor; and who feels comfortable and safe returning to camp multiple years and who does not.

This feedback has been repeatedly brought up throughout the history of camp, and it’s clear to us that camp should not happen until we fully dedicate ourselves to building an anti-oppressive QRC. A group within our community, made up of former organizers and long-time volunteers, recently wrote us a letter, part of which states:

We identify racism throughout the organizing and system structure of camp as an inadvertent but violent legacy that has made camp unsafe for POC [People of Color]. We believe that prioritizing camp happening every year without addressing systemic racism perpetuates white savior mentalities and prioritizes the experiences of white youth at the direct expense of youth of color. We are asking the collective (both Seattle and Olympia) to postpone both camps in 2016 in order to fully engage the time and healing needed to focus on accountability, community building and community healing. We ask that the organizing collective fully commit to building an anti-racist Queer Rock Camp.

The collective is so grateful for the feedback and support we have received around camp’s perpetuation of oppression, particularly racism and transmisogyny. This year and every year, Queer Rock Camp has used this feedback to continually try to improve our programming and make camp safer for all participants. We want to acknowledge the important work that youth, volunteers, parents and families, and organizers have done to help QRC grow and change.

However, the Collective recognizes that this work has not been nearly enough. While camp continues to happen, we understand that there will never be enough time to prioritize the accountability and healing that must take place within the QRC community. We see this year not as a year off, but as a year to dedicate ourselves to personal and community growth, as well as to building a Queer Rock Camp where all participants feel empowered, safe, and valued.

Instead of holding a week-long camp the summer of 2016, we’re devoting ourselves to a reflection/reenvisioning project as part of holding ourselves accountable for past years of camp. The goal of this project is to create space to address harm, problems, failures and successes from previous QRC years, as well as re-envision what we want QRC to look like. We can’t do this without our community, and so we’d like to reach out to all previous campers, volunteers, organizers, etc. to share their experiences at camp with us. We realize it’s crucial to open up conversations about camp’s accountability process and discuss ideas for the future of camp with our wider community. We want to hear any feedback you want to share, including any grievances, as well as suggestions for growth. We intend to utilize feedback from the community to collaboratively rebuild Queer Rock Camp into the space we want it to be.

Also, though we aren’t holding camp this year, we still intend to provide alternative resources, space and support for queer youth this year. We would love to hear your ideas and brainstorm together about what these alternative spaces could be.

We will be holding a community forum Saturday March 5th, 2016 to create space to begin to address the issues that QRC has faced, and to plan for the work and projects QRC will be devoting itself to this year. The meeting will be from 2-5PM, with an optional potluck from 1-2PM in the Co-Lab. The address is 317 4th Ave East. Check out our facebook for an upcoming event page. We invite and welcome everyone to come and participate.

We also welcome any feedback to this announcement and letter. Look below for several ways to contact us and provide feedback.

With gratitude, love, and deep intention,
The Olympia Queer Rock Camp Collective

 

Intentions for Seattle Queer Rock Camp

The Seattle contingent of the Queer Rock Camp collective acknowledges the request to not hold a camp in Seattle this summer and is actively responding to the concerns of the greater QRC community. After holding the first session of Queer Rock Camp in Seattle last summer, we have recently begun building a Seattle-based collective through an open application process. We believe we need to have a solid collective to respond to the unique community in Seattle and to continue to uphold the values of QRC. Our goal is to form a group of collective members committed to interrupting oppression, including transmisogyny and racism, in our organizing collective and in our programming. We are in the process of developing a plan to seek feedback from volunteers and youth specific to the critiques we have received in order to assess the potential impact of canceling camp in Seattle next summer. We intend to involve youth in our process of removing barriers and creating an inclusive environment for the future of Queer Rock Camp in Seattle.

 

Avenues For Feedback
As we move forward in this process, feedback is crucial to us holding ourselves accountable and creating a better and safer QRC. We would love and appreciate any thoughts you have to share. There are several ways you can give us feedback, including anonymously through an online feedback form, or in person at our community forum.

Online feedback form (anonymous…or you’re welcome to identify yourself): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-RjhVG5pIb8mXLosFgKmb3HttKpPoy5UcFEAA0IQ7Qg/viewform

Community forum
An in person community forum is being held on Saturday, March 5th from 1-5pm at the Co-Lab in Olympia. 1-2 is a potluck, and 2-5pm is a structured time to talk. The address for the Co-Lab is 317 4th Ave East.

Email, or one-on-one meeting with an organizer
Email us at queerrockcamp@gmail.com with any thoughts, questions, or concerns. An in person meeting with one or more of the organizers can be arranged over email.

 

Queer Rock Camp Seattle Collective Now Open for Applicants!

Queer Rock Camp is looking for new additions to our collective organizing team! Join a collective that will be (re)creating a structure/value and mission for our collectively run camp! This is a Seattle-based organizing collective that works all year to put on a one week-long summer rock camp for queer youth in Seattle.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of intent by November 15th, 2015 to be considered to be part of our collective! Your letter of intent should detail why you are interested in this position and Queer Rock Camp: Tell us about your identities! Based on your identities, experiences, training or analysis you may have, what unique perspective would you bring to the collective? What makes you excited about working in a collective organizing structure for queer youth? How do you imagine the time commitment fitting into your life? &anything else you would like us to know!

Submit your letter of intent to queerrockcamp@gmail.com with the job title and “Collective Member Application” in the subject line. Our hiring committee is made up of current members of the Queer Rock Camp organizing collective. Our hiring process will begin with an application review the third week of November, and we will follow-up with you after that time.

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HEAR FROM YOU!

This link contains a more comprehensive look at who we are and what to expect: QRCCollectiveMemberOverview

Thanks for a great summer!!!

Thanks for making Queer Rock Camp’s 5th summer the most rockin’ one yet!!!!

This spring we raised around $10,000 in a community supported Indiegogo Campaign;

In June, we held our first session of camp in Seattle at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center- with 30 campers attending from all over the local area, as well as a few traveling from as far away as Hawaii, Arkansas, and Vietnam. Our showcase on the Saturday of Pride weekend nearly filled the Vera Project to capacity!

In August, Olympia camp celebrated it’s 5th birthday with nearly 50 campers coming together to rock Lincoln Elementary once again, and our showcase at the Capitol Theater brought the house down!

Now fall is upon us, and the organizing team is hunkering down to reflect on the past year and envision what the future holds.

Keep an eye out for camper and volunteer applications going online in early Spring.

Keep in touch with us over the winter on Facebook or shoot us an email at queerrockcamp@gmail.com, if you are interested in getting involved with camp in any way!

YOU ROCK!

– the QRC Collective

Queer Rock Camp Takes On Seattle – INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/queer-rock-camp-takes-on-seattle/x/138576

We’re Expanding!

Last year we were flooded with camper applications, and we are so excited to host a brand new session of camp in Seattle to serve a greater number of youth! Seattle has a real lack of queer youth focused programming and we are so excited to bring QRC to the city! Seattle is substantially more expensive in terms of renting space, and transportation. We need our community’s help to get us set up in the big city. We plan on using this money to seed our initial camp while we establish ourselves in Seattle and move towards utilizing sustainable sources of funding.

Other Ways You Can Help

Can’t contribute, but want to help?

  • Share the indiegogo campaign on social media!
  • Throw us a benefit party or show
  • Volunteer at camp or host youth
  • Donate equipment
  • Join the organizing Collective and help plan camp
  • Email us at queerrockcamp@gmail.com and take on a specific project

Seattle & Olympia Camp Dates!! Apply Now!!

This summer we are THRILLED to be hosting TWO sessions of Queer Rock Camp for the first time ever! Check out our dates and fill out your application today! <3

SEATTLE: June 22-27th @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

OLYMPIA: August 10th-15th @ Lincoln Options Elementary School

Camper Applications:
Fill them out online here!
-Applications close May 1st

Volunteer Applications:
-Fill them out online here!
-Applications close May 10th!

 

DESIGN OUR NEW LOGO!

Calling all graphic designers, artists, and doodlers! Our fifth camp is coming up this summer, and its high time we had a permanent logo. This is different from the yearly t-shirt design, this logo will be with us for as long as we are around! This is a great opportunity for you to build your artists portfolio, get FAMOUS, and have bragging rights for the rest of your life. If your design is chosen, please be willing to edit and collaborate with the QRC collective. Also, be ready to get a PRIZE PACKAGE that includes a t-shirt with your logo, free admission to the QRC showcase, and more! QUESTIONS? / HOW TO SUBMIT: Please email all designs in any digital format to queerrockcamp@gmail.com by February 20th, 2015, along with your name and best contact information. THANK YOU!!

QRC Is Hiring

!!!QRC IS HIRING!!!
We have between 9-13 positions that need to be filled to make our 2015 camps happen! Here is a link to the PDF with full job descriptions and info on how to apply.
https://drive.google.com/…/0B9FkYqMROkhIM3FEU2VkRkpRRVk/view
Please share with anyone you think would be interested! We need Olympia AND Seattle folks to step up and apply. There are lots of other ways to get involved: come to an organizing and/or committee meeting, volunteer at camp (once the apps are online), put on a fundraising event and donate the proceeds to QRC, or email us for more info about taking on specific projects. We really need support to expand into Seattle!

Queer Rock Camp is hiring for:
●Equipment Coordinator
● Food Coordinator
● Housing & Family Coordinator
● Showcase Coordinator
● Volunteer Training Coordinator
● Camp Coordinator

All positions are stipended between $200-2000 depending on the role. Applications are due Feb. 13th!

Winter Workshop Wonderland! Saturday Dec. 6th in Olympia

Winter Workshop Wonderland!QRC is hosting a day of skill-building and conversation-starting workshops in downtown Olympia this Saturday, Dec 6th! This event is intended to foster conversations and skills that we can bring to camp, our organizing work, and to our relationships and communities.

Our first ever “Winter Workshop Wonderland” spectacular will run from 10:30am to 4pm, with coffee and snacks in the morning, and a lunch break with food provided.

SCHEDULE!

10:30 Welcome and breakfast snacks!

11:00 Allyship for our Collective Liberation

12:15 Combating Fatphobia

1:15 Lunch (provided)

1:45 Confronting Transmisogyny
https://www.facebook.com/events/862778390423401/

3:00 Youth Empowerment & Adult Allyship

Each workshop is an hour long – feel free to drop in for one or two, or stay for the whole day! This event is free and open to folks of all ages in the past/present/future QRC community – that means volunteers, campers, families, community partners, and anyone else who supports our work and values and wants to be part of this rad day of learning and building!

All of this will be taking place at the Co-Lab, located at 317 4th Ave in downtown Olympia. The Co-Lab is wheel chair accessible and there are gender-neutral bathrooms.

Updates and more details can be found on our facebook page.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Organize Queer Rock Camp 2015!

Help Organize QRC 2015!

We are starting the new organizing cycle & getting ready for QRC 2015! This year we are putting on TWO camps in TWO cities, for the first time ever! To make camp totally rock & get better every year, we need passionate people on the organizing collective. We are hosting two welcome events to introduce new people to the current collective members and share info about how we work.

Here are links to facebook events for both welcome days.

OLYMPIA: https://www.facebook.com/events/333861656793171/

SEATTLE:https://www.facebook.com/events/1491880844432324/

If you have any questions about these events or about organizing with the QRC collective, you can email us at QueerRockCamp@gmail.com

 

Thank You!

QRC 2014 was a great success! A huge thank you to everyone who made is possible. We couldn’t do it without a ton of community support from businesses, to donors, to audience members, to host families, to volunteers — you rock!