In Slay The Runway, students attend Fall fashion design classes culminating in a Performance and Caregivers Conference, where LGBTQIA+ community experts provide education for youth and families.  Our goal is provide art education in a celebrating space and then helping provide education to create those safe spaces at home.

Families learn how to support LGBTQIA+ youths, while youths learn, create and gain confidence, while healing suffering caused by marginalization and discrimination. Supported families then contribute to healthier, more inclusive communities.
Thanks to a generous grant from Arts In Society, we are able to provide classes and access to the Caregivers Conference for free.  Spots are limited and applications will open Spring 2021.  Classes will begin Sept 2021 and the Caregiver’s Conference will be help on November 13.  Classes will be available in Longmont as well as in Boulder.

Construction and Design Classes

During weekly design sessions, instructors start with simple projects
that improve student sewing and design skills. As confidence builds,
students are challenged to develop their own self identity as they
create an outfit for the showcase.

Developing a Look, Hair, and Make-up

At the fashion show, members from the Drag community will teach the kids how to present themselves with flair. The students end with unveiling something they’ve created in their style and voice while surrounded by a community sharing their life experience.  The Show will end the Caregiver’s Conferences and students will plan, organize, and lead the performance with assistance from Program mentors.

Instructors (Boulder and Longmont Cohorts)

makeup

Elaine Waterman- Longmont Cohort

Stephen Frost

Steven Frost- Boulder Cohort

Born in USA, 1981
2000-2004 BFA, New York State College of Ceramics & Design at Alfred University
2009-2011 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Steven Frost (h/h/h) is an instructor in the Department of Media Studies and interdisciplinary artist. His research focuses on textiles, memes, queer history, pop culture, and community development in DIY spaces and libraries. In his creative work he often uses textiles — their association with the body and garments evoke tactile memories. Using weaving, he combines traditional materials like yarn and cotton with non-traditional materials from a range of sources, exploring the ways history and time are embedded in materials. His artworks evoke specific narratives and stories, referencing aspects of his personal and family history, and the history of the LGBTQIA+ people, among other topics. In workshops and interactive performance events, he works to amplify marginalized voices and foster communities to produce their own forms of representation.

Frost has been featured in solo and two-person exhibitions at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder, CO), Basement Projects (Santa Ana, CA), CU Boulder Art Museum (Boulder, CO), 350 E 3rd/ ArtX (Long Beach, CA), Robert Bills Contemporary (Chicago, IL), Coop Gallery (Nashville, TN), and Pleasant Plains Workshop (Washington, DC) and in group exhibitions at Union Hall Gallery (Denver, CO), the Center for Visual Arts (Denver, CO), Alto Gallery (Denver, CO), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), Imersten (Vienna, Austria), ACRE Gallery (Chicago, IL), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), and the AU Museum at the Katzen (Washington, DC) among other venues. He’s recently taught workshops at the Art Student’s League (Denver, CO), Redline Contemporary Art Center (Denver, CO), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and the Haystack School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME). Frost is the founder of the Colorado Sewing Rebellion, an offshoot of the original Sewing Rebellion founded by Frau Fiber (Carole Francis Lung). He is a co-founder of the Experimental Weaving Residency (with Dr. Laura Devendorf). He is also the Faculty Director of the B2 Center for Media, Arts, & Performance at the Atlas Institute (Boulder, CO) and a Library Commissioner for the City of Boulder, CO. Frost is also is a recipient of several other honors including the Lenore G. Tawney Fellowship and the Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship.

Our Partners

Thank you to Out Boulder County, PFLAG and Trans Youth Education & Support for participating in our Caregiver’s Conference.  Thank you to Arts in Society for funding this important project!

Workshops to be Offered at the Caregivers Conference: