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Watch: Queer/Trans Collective, Lupinewood, reclaims a home for community organizing and radical art

November 23, 2017

The collective, whose inception dates back to 2011, has moved into the 6,000 square foot stone mansion to start restoring the buildings and land while beginning to host community events, artist residencies, and fundraisers, as well as queer educators, artists, activists, authors, volunteers, and trans people in crisis. The collective has released a widely circulated video explaining their intentions, and is in the process of fundraising to support their efforts.

Lupinewood’s purchase is the group’s response to the recent uptick in US fascism, escalating climate instability, and the holes left by receding social service safety nets. The move is deeply informed by the experiences of the majority-trans collective’s members, who include clinical herbalists, educators, gender-affirming tattoo artistsnationally-known trans musical acts, printmakers, farmers, indigenous land-defenders, writers, and activists of various stripes.

Lupinewood is what’s left of the Peabody Estate: the ornate mansion and secondary buildings constructed as a summer home for the wealthy coal baron family of the same name. The property is perched atop a ridge overlooking the Connecticut river valley, is contiguous with a substantial tract of public preservation land, and is located a mile from bus and train connections to Boston, New York City, and Montreal; it has a storied history, including a period beginning in the ‘50s when a group of nuns called the Sisters of Providence spent almost 20 years living communally at Lupinewood, using it as a place of sanctuary and community engagement.

To ensure the longevity of its existence and mission, the collective is in the process of placing Lupinewood into a Trust, so that its use for marginalized organizers and artists as a place of convergence, safety, art and action will be stipulated permanently.

Visit the fundraiser  for more information or to contribute.