Welcome to the Dreams of Hope Marathon page! We are excited to be a Contributing Charity with the Dicks Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Please support our runners as they run for our cause and raise funds for the expansion of our work as we embark on organization's tenth year anniversary! Runners and walkers, please FIRST sign up with the Marathon, and then come back here, start your very own Crowdrise page, and begin collecting pledges from all of your friends and family members!
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. As an off-shoot to the internet-based poetry sensation, Speaq brings the words to the streets - using venues around the cities to serves as workshop spaces for performing and interacting with the community.
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.
And in 2010 we held our first annual Summer Arts Camp, QAMP! We are excited to see this grow and change as we expand the 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!
Through the power of the arts, Dreams of Hope provides the region’s LGBT and allied youth a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves and develop as leaders. Their creative contributions educate audiences, build awareness and increase acceptance.
Dreams of Hope sees a future where LGBT and all youth are nurtured have freedom of expression, and live in communities that embrace them.
Our Core Values:
All youth deserve respect.
All people are creative.
Creative expression connects people.
Open dialogue is a foundation for empathy and peace.
Multidisciplinary arts develop the entire person.
Creating a safe and accepting environment for all youth.
Providing an interactive environment where youth create art with professional artists.
Encouraging diverse populations to create art about their life experiences.
Educating audiences on issues facing sexual and gender minorities.
Check us out:
Web page: www.dreamsofhope.org