Some Thoughts from a First-time Participant at Arts in the Woods

This picture below is of Kevin.  This year was his first at Arts in the Woods.  Here he is having his first smore. He didn't even know what it was.

Man Eating Smore

And here's what Kevin wrote about his experiences at Easton Mountain.

Recalling my experience here at Easton Mountain, Arts in the Woods, it was indeed a special moment in my life having met some of the most amazing people.

This is just about the safest place that you can call home. For me it was that and more: cultural authenticity, introspection and a do-whatever-you-want kind of ambiance.

Arts in the woods brought together people from all over but most of all it brought our stories together, of young adults hoping to see their dreams come true but who have been pushed to the edge of society because of who they are.

It was an experience that brought me to laughter and tears. We came together in these woods to find the family – that for many of us, and for a very long time, only existed in our minds.

A family that you can only hope would last forever. If only we could have more bonfires, make more dresses together, do more drag, read more poems, vogue a little more, go tubing every day, cook and eat together, sing together, hide in the dark together and just forget all the madness that scourges our lives outside the woods, life would pretty much be one amazing experience- and simply that.

I felt so much joy from being here. The interviews that I did with some of my fellow campers taught me a lot and most importantly they showed me that everyone owns their own stories, their own protest, their own experience and their ambition.

And there were so many bold faces enriched with talents that were tailored to perfection and that filled the lounge hall with shouting, screaming, clapping and snapping every night.

Coming to arts in the woods, I was hoping to find support and make friendships but instead I have found a community and a family.

Our theme for this year, thrive in the woods – the underlying meaning of which stems from yearning to go beyond the obstacles that may confront us in our day to day life.

Writers, musicians, rappers, videographers, dancers, drag stars, this has been a talent galore – you are either in the woods to find your glitter or to share your glitter – of trial and error; here I have discovered so many great talents, it’s only a wonder where all these people have been.

To tap it off there is that strong bond that makes us believe that we have always known each other and this was just a huge family reunion.

Our programs for young adults are almost completely funded by donations from our extended community. You can read more about them and about how you can help on our Young Adult Programming page.