Gabriel G. Torres and collaborators are facilitating Haus of Dust, a three-pronged project to support and educate Queer Latinx communities struggling with substance use in the Lower East Side. Working alongside social workers, neuroscientists, and queer community leaders, Haus of Dust encompasses an online resource platform, a garden installation, and an immersive theatrical experience. Utilizing both data and personal stories, the online platform—designed as a series of interactive games—will destigmatize conversations around substance use in the community, the platform will also serve as a cognitive interaction to provide anxiety relief and stress relief. The garden—installed inside of partner organization The Loisaida Center—will provide a therapeutic greenspace, and create community programs on a long term scale, while the virtual and onsite theatrical experience will explore substance addiction and trauma through a Queer Latinx lens. Haus of Dust is also supported in part by The Stonewall Community Foundation.
Header image: Haus of Dust theatrical event poster features Gabriel Torres’ upper body in profile, shirtless, bending backward. The project title appears in neon script in the upper right.