Ideas to Reality: An Artist's Journey to Embodying Progress - Steven dives deep into their journey of self discovery on what it means to be queer. This keynote focuses on the founding of The Change Project and how the art of photography changed their live. Through their love of the visual arts, Steven was able to embody progress and create a new space for their work to flourish.
From a Red State to The White House: The Importance of Recognizing Advocacy Work in the South - Focussing on the South, Steven addresses the disparities in funding in the South, specifically the Deep South. Steven explores the ideas of grassroots fundraising and how identity politics plays a distinct role in how The Change Project has been a success. They will also discuss their trip to the White House and the historic moment when the Obama administration recognized LGBTQ work being done in the Deep South.
Destigmatizing Queerness: Taking Revolutionary Art Off The Walls And Onto Our Bodies - Steven explores their genderqueer identity in this keynote address. Steven breaks down queer and genderqueerness to simple and understandable language. Gender is quite an interesting thing, and they walk listeners through their journey as a visual artist as they discover their queer identities.
Art, Education and the LGBTQ Community - This workshop explores how art informs the movement for LGBTQ equality. In a 55 minute lecture-style workshop, Steven will explore the history of how art has been a vital part of every civil rights movement, and how it informs the work of The Change Project.
Using Art to Mobilize Grassroots Campaigns - This interactive 55 minute workshop explores the use of graphics and digital media to mobile grassroots campaigns. Through a social/cultural lens, Steven will walk participants through developing a campaign of their own with hashtags and media packets.
LGBTQ Organizing in the (Deep) South - This is a hand-on one hour and thirty minute workshop that allows participants to think through the work they are currently doing in the south. Steven will engage participants around topics such as campus or community climate, power, privilege and oppression, along with the unique struggles southerners have.
Creating Successful LGBTQ Campus Programming - Steven was the first LGBTQ student affairs professional in the state of Alabama. They will work with student leaders and campus officials to help develop successful programming. In this 55 minute workshop, Steven will help participants understand the importance of evaluation along with understanding the climate of their campus
Art and Storytelling: Building Authentic Movements for Equality - In conjunction with the fine art collection Our Bodies. Our Lives. Steven along with campus and community leaders will engage in a 55 minute artist talk and panel discussion. More about Our Bodies. Our Lives.here.