Soulforce had a featured art exhibit presented by the Marginal Arts Festival in Roanoke, VA. The festival took place throughout the month of March 2011. The exhibit is currently housed at the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of the Blue Ridge.
Hundreds of people have funneled through the halls of the MCC and had the chance to learn more about the Symposium Program Soulforce offers. This particular exhibit highlights the work and experiences of those who participated in the Symposium held in Philadelphia in November of 2010. The exhibit features the art work assembled in a work shop by beyondexgay.com co-founder Christine Bakke and photography by Equality Ride alumna Heather Shuttleworth. The workshop by Christine Bakke encouraged people to express their stories through art, and many of the art pieces deal with the harms of “ex-gay therapy.” The exhibit was compiled by Soulforce Director of Programs Jason Conner and Equality Ride alumna Jess Kalup.
Jason recently traveled to Roanoke, VA to participate in an “Artist Talk” where different artists exhibited at the MCC were able to tell the story behind their exhibits. He was able to talk about his personal experience with “ex-gay therapy” and the harm it causes, as well as the important work being done by Soulforce all over the country.
In addition to the exhibit in Roanoke, VA – The work of the 2010 Soulforce Symposium in Philadelphia continues to go forward through a Symposium circuit that brings components of the 2010 program to communities and college campuses all over the country.
The pictures represented here show the Soulforce exhibit, and other exhibits housed at the Roanoke MCC.