Ignite! a queer youth storytelling summit

A one-day storytelling summit for queer youth

For the culminating event of a new summer-long project to provide creative space for queer youth, Patrick’s Cabaret presents “Ignite!,” a one-day storytelling summit for youth identifying along the spectrum of queer identities. The event will be held at Intermedia Arts on the afternoon of Saturday, October 7th.

Teaching Artists Nicole M. Smith and Kat Purcell, who are also both performing artists and curators with Patrick’s Cabaret, will lead participants through a day of writing, healing, and story creation. From 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM, this summit will hold space for LGBTQIA2+ youth (ages 13-19) interested in gaining skills in storytelling, collaborating with other artists, and performance.

Following the summit, participants are then invited to attend Patrick’s Cabaret mainstage event, “Controlled Burn: queer performance for a world on fire,” also held at Intermedia Arts that evening. Dinner will be provided. Register now at https://tinyurl.com/YouthIgnite.


  • Meet other people like you through making art
  • Writing prompts that spark your imagination
  • Learn about the history of queer activism through art
  • Create new performance works by yourself and with others
  • Food! Snacks and dinner provided
  • Free tickets to “Controlled Burn: queer performance for a world on fire” that evening


Q. Do I need to identify as queer to come? Does coming mean I identify as queer?

A. No, you (and you alone!) get to decide how you identify. We are intentionally building an environment that is safe for queer youth to be themselves, and if that feels like a safe space for you, you are welcome to join.

Q. I can only come for part of the event, is that okay?

A. We prefer that you come to the entire event to get the most out of it. That said, if you really want to come and can only make it for part of the event, please let us know by contacting ricardo@patrickscabaret.org or indicating it in the registration form, and we’ll be happy to have you.

Q. I’m not good at performing, will I still have a good time?

A. The whole point is for everyone to learn something, so whether you’re coming with a lot of experience, or none at all, we’re going to make sure you have a good time.

Q. Do my parents need to know I’m coming?

A. Yes, however we will just let your parent or guardian know that you have registered to participate in a storytelling workshop by sending them an email or letter. This message does NOT at all indicate that the event is designed for queer youth, but does let them know that you will be safe and having fun, and lets them contact us with any questions. We will not “out” you to anyone without your permission.


Many thanks to MN Q Youth, Intermedia Arts, OutFront Minnesota, & the Indigenous Peoples Task Force for their assistance spreading the word about this new program to the youth of their communities.

This event is free and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Location
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 871-4444

Venue Details: 

This event is fully accessible for audiences using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. An accessible restroom is available, as are two fragrance-free restrooms. All restrooms are all gender.