2019 Session Description

Accepting ourselves and celebrating weirdness

For youth age 6-17 • 90 minutes
Maximum Participants: 18

Who feels like they can really only express their true Mindcamp selves… well, at Mindcamp? How can we bring our Mindcamp selves into every part of our lives?

Come take some time to look deep inside and connect with yourself – not the self you think you should be or the self your mom wants you to be or your teacher or friends – but who you truly are, and from that space express what you find in a fun, interactive art piece.

We’ll spend some time talking about community and how to be comfortable with difference – our own and that of every other person on the planet. We’ll make some art and see what we can tell about ourselves from what we’ve created – and how we can take what we’ve learned back into the other 360 days of our lives.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Connect with yourself
  • Make art
  • Have fun!
Rachel Gordon
Cleveland, OH
Rachel Gordon is a self-taught artist who has found expression through photography, fiber art, conceptual art and installation, performance, illustration, and printing. Her art encourages people to stop and see the beauty and wonder in everyday life and open themselves to different perspectives. She is fascinated by the interplay of outer appearance and inner self and how much we judge and make assumptions based on appearance – and wonders what the world would be like if more people were able to love and accept themselves and celebrate difference on an individual as well as group level.

'Difference' has been an overriding theme in her life, both on the side of being different and on the side of advocating for those seen as different. She has traveled, performed, and lived among different cultures and lived and worked with people of different physical and intellectual abilities.


This is Rachel's first year presenting at Mindcamp.
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