Grantee of the Month
TRCF is proud to recognize our grantees throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania that promote social justice and change through their activities. Each month we will recognize one of these organizations as our Grantee of the Month
Dreams of Hope
Grantee of the Month July 2011
Dreams of Hope (DOH) has established itself as Pittsburgh’s only arts-focused, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied (LGBTA) youth (13-21) organization. The organization was founded in 2003 by Susan Haugh, current Artistic Director, with a $2,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and with assistance from three collaborating artists. Recognizing the need for positive creative outlets for youth in Pittsburgh, and the need for positive LGBT role models and messages in society, Haugh founded DOH with this mission: “Through the arts, Dreams of Hope develops LGBTA youth leaders who promote social change by educating audiences.”
From 2003 – 2008, DOH focused on its Performance Program. Once established, the organization branched out in an effort to support and educate a greater number of youth.
Over the 2008-09 Season, we designed an online forum for poetry called Web Poets that allows participation from anyone who has access to the Internet. Web Poets is an exciting and innovative educational approach to connecting large numbers of youth (rural, urban, suburban) with a professional educator/poet who can provide positive feedback in a blog format.
In 2009, Dreams of Hope created a 17-minute educational DVD. That’s So Gay stars the youth performers and highlights the creative work the teens do in the performance program.
Being a small versatile organization allows Dreams of Hope to invent new programs as needs are identified. We hope to continue inventing throughout our lifetime!
Visit http://www.dreamsofhope.org/ for more information.