Sol Kelley-Jones is a second generation queer, multi-issued activist and artist who passionately believes in the interconnection between struggles for justice and the radical potential for creative coalitional organizing.
As the daughter of lesbian parents, Sol grew up on the frontlines of the LGBTQ movement in Madison, Wisconsin. She actively countered the harmful effects of heterosexism from her youngest years, developing anti-homophobic and anti-racist school curriculum, leading LGBTQ cultural competency and diversity trainings for teachers and youth, and both serving on the National Board of COLAGE and starting a thriving local chapter. Increasingly targeted for her activism and pride in her own queer identity during her middle school years, Sol refused to be silenced, and instead, turned her energies toward creating forums for other marginalized youth. In 1999, Sol co-founded Proud Theater with Callen Harty to create positive platform for LGBTQA youth voices.
A graduate of Hampshire College, Sol continued her passion for fusing art, activism, and youth leadership development through her self designed major entitled Performing Resistance: Re-imagining Justice Making. Returning to Madison in the spring of 2009, Sol wrote and directed an original play “the birds that are your hands: how to start a fire under siege”, exploring the human stories within seemingly intractable conflict in Israel/Palestine and along the U.S./Mexico border that debuted at Broom Street Theater.
Sol brings to Proud Theater years of experience creating and implementing innovative arts-based youth development, intervention, and empowerment programming serving young people in high conflict-zones and communities experiencing significant societal trauma from refugee camps in the Middle East to the militarized U.S. Mexico borderlands to a diversity of Madison communities.
Sol resides in Madison where she continues to work for racial, economic, eco and global justice, immigrant rights, and queer liberation. A tireless advocate for young people, Sol currently works full time as a counselor at Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin carving out alternative pathways with youth who have been involved in the Juvenile Justice system.