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Grayscale: Voices of LGBTQ+ Youth

Grayscale is a story-based advocacy program for LGBTQ+ students 13-17 years old. Students are accepted via an application process for this six-week internship to work with professional artists to develop a public art exhibition. This exhibit tackles critical issues facing LGBTQ youth and seeks to broaden the dialogue about how to support youth in our community.

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 will work to create a lending library, public outreach and education, and a listing of resources for LGBTQ+ youth.  Deadline to apply for the program is November 15




"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


Youth to Youth (Y2Y):Printlab is a youth-driven program focused on mentoring youth and young adults 15-22 years in arts enterprise/entrepreneurship in the Greater Grand Traverse Area. Participants learn both the creative side of printmaking (letterpress and screenprinting) and the business side of production, management and marketing. Students work with professional teaching artists and are paired with a local business to develop a print project. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The program will being in January 2018.


Teen Studio Nights

The Teen Studio provides a safe and supportive environment for young adults 13-17 to explore a variety of art media with a professional artist. Students may bring their own work in progress, try out the art form of the evening, or just relax and experiment with art materials. Pizza dinner and most materials are provided.  No art experience necessary.

We offer a sliding scale fee from $5-$20, so all can participate.  
Select Thursdays, 6-8:30pm

Teen Night Schedule (Thursdays, 6-8:30pm)

September  21: Copper Enameling (fusing glass to metal)

October 5: Clay Skulls

October 19:  Ink and Watercolor - New Approaches

November 2: Altered Art (hot wax, pigments, photos, etc)

November 9: Screenprinting on Wood

November 30: Holiday Gift Making

December 14: Holiday Gift Making