Event: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Gay Man

Event: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Gay Man

Northfield Pride is proud to present: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Gay Man

🗓️ Sunday, June 2, 2024 @ 4 pm

📍 Keepsake Cidery

💲$10 suggested donation at the door

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Gay Man is the first episode of Patrick Scully’s autobiographical opus Somewhere Along the Rainbow. Mixing together stories of his personal life, his life as an artist and activist, and progress and setbacks in the world of LGBTQ rights, Scully begins the opus in high school in the 60’s, and takes us on a journey through his school and college years, into his early professional life in the arts. The first segment ends in 1980, having traversed the ups and downs of Scully’s coming out story, the victories and defeats of Minneapolis and St Paul passing laws protecting Lesbian, Gay and Trans rights, and Harvey Milk’s legacy in San Francisco.

If you were out and about in that era, it will bring back memories of those days, good and not so good. If this was all before your time, it promises an engaging history lesson that no school has yet taught.

PS: If this were a movie it would probably be R rated.


Patrick Scully is a Minneapolis based performing artist.

Scully is well known for work ranging from large scale group works, to solo work. His largest works include: a Ballet for Boats, for forty to fifty boats, done to great critical acclaim in both Minneapolis (2015) and Potsdam, Germany (2010); His solo works, more intimate and often biographical, and also highly acclaimed, have included works ranging from Too Soon Lost (1990) to Thrive! (2010). Leaves of Grass- Illuminated began as a large-scale work for two actors and 18 male dancers in 2014.

Scully began dancing in 1972 as a college freshman. In 1976 he co-founded Contactworks, a Minneapolis based dance collective focused on contact improvisation. In 1980 he left Contactworks to explore broader horizons. That led him to dance with Remy Charlip, beginning with Remy’s Ten Men show in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 1984. Dancing for Remy Charlip, Scully toured to Boston, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, New York, Berkeley CA. Eventually he returned to Minneapolis focusing on the creation of his own work. 

Performing his own work, Scully has toured internationally and nationally, as well as across all of Minnesota.

In addition to his performing work, Patrick was the founder and longtime director of Patrick’s Cabaret, in Minneapolis. More complete information is available at www.patrickscully.org

Patrick Scully is a fiscal year 2024 recipient of an Arts Experiences grant and a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.