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ALL SOLD! Thank you, community ❤️
1310 West 10th Ave • Denver, CO * 80204
Come out and join Denver’s LGBTQIA community and Allies as we run toward a better future for youth at the 10TH ANNUAL Running of the Gays!
Get yer heels (and ankles!) ready to roll… or strut, or hop, or stumble in a 3-block “marathon” in heels to fund creative empowerment programs for queer youth in the Denver community. The event is organized by Art from Ashes, Denver’s LGBTQIA* community and Allies. Each year runners are asked to raise money through sponsorships to trot 3 blocks down 17th Avenue in heels, starting at Ace Eat Serve patio next to Steuben’s Food Service followed by an all ages (until 1.30 pm) after party at X Bar!
Proceeds contribute to continuing transformational creative programs for local youth who identify as LGBTQ+. While the event is silly, the statistics for our LGBTQ+ young people are decidedly unfunny: gay and lesbian youth are two to three times more likely to commit suicide than other youths, and 30% of all completed youth suicides are related to the issue of sexual identity; 45% of gay males and 20% of lesbians surveyed reported having experienced verbal harassment and/or physical violence during high school as a result of their sexual orientation; 26% of gays and lesbian youth are forced to leave home because of conflicts with their families over sexual identity. Art from Ashes provides creative programs with proven results that improve self-perception and increase involvement with and connection to the community.
Run a 3-block marathon in heels to help fund creative empowerment workshops for the queer youth in our community! You’ll be able to register with a $35 donation ($40 after Aug 15th).
REGISTER TO RUN HERE!: bit.ly/ROTG2019
The fee entitles runners to the ROTG “I brought the gay” t-shirt, a goodie bag, a free Mimosa courtesy of Steuben’s, and a foot massage!
Runners are asked to seek sponsorships from friends and family to raise money for the youth programs.
SPONSORS WILL BE ABLE TO SUPPORT SPECIFIC RUNNERS BY DONATING THROUGH FACEBOOK, PAYPAL, GIVINGFIRST, OR WITH A CHECK.
Donate through ColoradoGives: www.coloradogives.org/ROTG2019
Donate through Paypal GIving Fund (100% goes to AfA!): bit.ly/PayPal-AfA
If you are sponsoring a specific runner, please enter their name in the Special Instructions field or by writing their name on your check. Please send checks to 1310 West 10th Ave, Denver CO 80204.
BUSINESS PARTNERS CAN SUPPORT THE MARATHON BY CONTACTING US USING THE FORM BELOW OR BY CALLING 303.837.1550!
So many thanks to our wonderful annual business sponsors. Some have been sponsoring Running of the Gays since 2010! If you’re interested in supporting our youth programs, please download our ROTG Sponsor Menu for levels of sponsorship and associated benefits. We love to support community businesses that support creative empowerment programs for queer youth!
Runners gather at the bullpen at Ace Eat Serve/Steuben’s at 11 am to sign in, stretch and enjoy the street show. After Party, foot massages, drag show and silent auction will be held at X Bar from noon to 1.30 pm!
See on our ROTG Facebook page to see the photos from previous years, as well as find out more information.
Thank you to our business sponsors who make the whole thing possible!
Thank you to all those who have “come out” in the past. Re-live the fun here:
FREE PIZZA! FREE POETRY PERFORMANCE! RESPECT FOR YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS!
All youth ages 12 to 24 are invited to join us at Art from Ashes every First Friday of the month at 4.30 pm for a FREE one-hour Phoenix Rising poetry and spoken word workshop, followed at 5.30 by a FREE 45-minute performance workshop, featuring a performance poet. All youth are welcome; free pizza provided.
You don’t need to already write poetry/spoken word, because you ARE poetry!
WE BELIEVE IN YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS AND THAT YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL!
Workshops are at our location just off the 10th and Osage light rail station. Just DROP IN!
The first 10 youth willing to perform their workshop poems will receive $10!
Contact Sarah Lanzarotta at Art from Ashes, for more information.
VIRTUAL YOUTH & GUEST POET PERFORMANCE!
Log in to listen to the voices of young creative geniuses and a featured guest LIVE on Instagram at 4pm!
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, our monthly First Friday workshops and performances have been temporarily suspended in favour of a virtual performance on Instagram. For those of you unfamiliar with Instagram, easy instructions are below.
This event features youth spoken word performances by young people ages 12 to 24 tell their stories in metaphor through poems written in only 3 minutes. A guest poet from the community will join the youth to provide encouragement and to promote access to the arts.
For Instagram novitiates! How to watch Instagram live:
Use a smartphone (not a tablet or desktop!)
If you haven’t set up your own Instagram account, do that
and if you have, log in and search for @afaphoenix
Click on our profile (If you’re not already following us, please hit follow!)
If our logo has circles around it, that means we are LIVE; Click on the logo. (You don’t have to hold it down to watch.)
Did someone say strawberry cheesecake? You bet!
It’s the third event in our Pastries and Poetry series presented by Chef Brian Smith, coming to you just in time for Valentine’s Day. Click the link to reserve your spot for Monday, February 8th at 6pm MST and treat yourself to this first taste of spring with a [suggested] $35 donation that goes directly to our youth empowerment programs. You’ll hear some incredible youth poets perform as you create your very own edible art. We are berry excited, and hope you are too!
A suggested $35 donation gets you a spot to join in the fun. But if you can’t donate that much, please choose your amount and join us to support the youth poets by listening to their voices!
See below for a list of ingredients.
Please let us know when you RSVP if you have dietary restrictions and/or preferences so that we can work with you to accommodate them.
Thank you for supporting the work that Art from Ashes is doing for their community. We’ll see you in your kitchen soon!
10-inch Cake Pan
Kitchenmaid Mixer or Hand Mixer
Sheet Pan/Cookie Sheet big enough to hold cake pan
12 oz (1.5 cups) graham cracker crumbs
3 oz (1/2 cups) melted butter
6 oz (3/4 cups) sugar
½ tsp Salt
1 pound (4 cups) cream cheese, room temp
5 oz (10 tbsp) Sugar
12 oz (1.5 cup) sour cream
2 oz (6 tbsp) flour
1 pound strawberries
12 oz (1.5 cups) water
2 oz (4 tbsp) sugar
½ oz (2 tsp) cornstarch
YOU ARE A CREATIVE GENIUS! Come share your voice with us and others every first friday of the month at the First Friday spoken word & poetry workshops, now happening virtually.
Prior to April of last year, First Fridays were celebrated in person at Art from Ashes in Denver. Due to the pandemic we’ve had to move online, but that means we’ve been able to have young people attend from all over the globe!
ALSO you get to hear one of our amazing performance poets from the community do a piece just for you!
Join us from wherever you are every First Friday and let your voice be heard!
Contact the Director of Programs here.
Did we mention we pay our youth poets when you perform? See you on Friday! 🙋🏼♀️
FOR ALL AGES
Show support for the young people who participate in our Phoenix Rising youth empowerment program. Listen as youth poets ages 12 to 24 tell their stories in metaphor through poems written in only 3 minutes.
Much more than a public performance, youth gather through a Zoom workshop at 5pm for a FREE one-hour Phoenix Rising writing and performance workshop, featuring a local performance poet. All youth are welcome.
Unfamiliar with Instagram? Here’s our handy dandy cheat sheet:
FOR YOUTH (12 to 24)
WEDNESDAY SPOKEN WORD PROMPTS
Each week on Wednesday at 4pm, when we used to host our Phoenix Rising on-site workshops, Art from Ashes provides a series of FREE writing prompts for youth on Zoom with a featured performance poet/musician from the community!
You don’t have to think you’re a poet, we already know you’re a creative genius. Come and speak your truth with other youth!
If you are between the age of 12 and 24, please contact our Director of Programs to reserve a spot and get the info for Zoom.