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                    Rainbow Ball Weekend 2017                    
          
                                 


 The theme this year is "Out In Space", so come prepared to travel the galaxy!!!



                                                         


                                                









                                                Special Guest
                                                       Geo Neptune
                                                           Lyzz Bien
       

Photo By: Thom Willey for Native Peoples Magazine
                                                       

                                                        Photo By: Thom Willey

Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy, is a Two-Spirit Master Basketmaker, storyteller, activist and educator from the Passamaquoddy reservation of Indian Township, Maine. Grandchild of Molly Neptune Parker, a world renown Master Basketmaker, they began apprenticing with their grandmother at four years old, becoming the youngest person to receive the title of Master at 20 years old. Still the youngest Master of Wabanaki basketry in the world, Geo Neptune lives at home on Indian Township, making baskets in the village that their people have lived in for thousands of generations.

Geo first left the reservation to attend Gould Academy, and continued to Dartmouth College where they received a BA in Theater. After graduating in 2010, Geo returned to their community where they taught Drama and Cultural arts. From 2012-2016, Geo was an Educator at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, and is now a full time artist and freelance educator. After being active in Maine Idle No More protests, Geo was selected as a youth delegate to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in 2014 and 2015, and named one of "10 Mainers to be Thankful For." Geo hopes to be able to use their art and performance to educate others about Two-Spirit traditions and other aspects of Native culture, as well as inspire youth from all cultures to live their truth.






















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About the Weekend

For a decade, the 100% society and an all-inclusive fraternity Omicron Delta Pi, student organizations at the University of Maine at Machias have been offering the Rainbow Ball Weekend (RBW) in collaboration with community partners and high schools. The RBW and Queer Career Youth Expo is an assortment of education, career exploration, dance, and networking activities run by youth for other gender and sexuality diverse youth and their allies held on this rural campus. This weekend is provided for $5 per person and includes: housing, events, activities, prom tickets, and all meals along with bus transportation to Southern, Central and Midcoast, plus support for Northern Maine. In one intense weekend the LQBTQ+ identity is recognized and validated both by other students, hosting college students, and adults supporting RBW and by the focus on LGBTQ+ experience and advocacy during the weekend celebration.














                     

                                  A letter From Kevin Dutil

                                                 (Teacher, Artist, Inspiration, and Advocate)


“How do I begin to Thank You for all the work you did to make this weekend such a success for everyone?  The University, and all those involved, have to be commended for all their energy and enthusiasm. I walked away in awe of it all.  My kids are pretty well adjusted. They have wonderful family support systems and the school really gives them a safe outlet to be themselves. They walk around here at Cony High School proud every day, but this weekend, I saw my kids empowered and that is something they will remember forever.  The friends they have made will be long lasting and for my two seniors, they want more. As they go off to college in the fall they will find their own respective places, but they will remember this weekend forever and are already asking if they could be chaperones for next year.  I am far from a pioneer in the gay rights movement. I know so many before me who have paved a far larger road, but I too saw a whole new world this weekend and it is one that I am Happy and excited to be a part of.  Hope is a most powerful gift and many kids walked away with a lot of that this weekend because of you and everyone at UMM.  So Thank You from the bottom of my heart. We are already excited and planning to return next year.”  Follow-up – the students all wore their UMM admission designed action hero/UMM t-shirts together one day at school and the principal noted their field trip in his weekly remarks.

Art work will be displayed in the Art Gallery all weekend.



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