Grayscale: Voices of LGBTQ+ Youth

Grayscale is a story-based advocacy program for LGBTQ+ students 13-17 years old. In 2017-2018, students were accepted via an application process to work with professional artists to develop a public art exhibition. This exhibit tackled critical issues facing LGBTQ youth and seeks to broaden the dialogue about how to support youth in our community. The exhibition has since been installed at three venues in the Traverse City area. An online version will be available in the near future. 

Blackbird Arts believes in creating a studio that is safe and affirms young adults' gender identity and sexual orientation.  In addition to the Grayscale exhibition, youth meet monthly  to create a lending library, public outreach and education, and a listing of resources for LGBTQ+ youth.  If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, please contact




"I get tired of people asking, 'but what's your REAL name?'. This is my name."

Photos: Alexa Hughes Photography


"I wish people understood that it's only one part of who I am."

Photos: Alexa Hughes Photography