Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) & La Peña Present… Qcc @ La Peña!

April 6 - June 21, 2012

La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA… The Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) in San Francisco and La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley have joined forces to present a new LBGT arts series Qcc @ La Peña! Running April 6th through June 21st at La Peña in Berkeley, this joint multicultural queer arts series comes to fruition with the support of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant and will feature music, film, literary readings, poetry, and sketch comedy.

This new series allows Qcc to bring high quality queer arts programming to the East Bay and La Peña to strengthen its connections with LGBT communities. Qcc has been interested in doing programming in the East Bay for a number of years, but it was not able to since most of its funding comes from sources which focus on presentations within San Francisco.

This partnership will reach new audiences and introduce them to the types of programs that are presented during Qcc ‘s annual National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF). Now in its 15th year, NQAF is a month-long festival taking place in numerous venues throughout San Francisco during the month of June.

Founded in 1993, Qcc is a multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of San Francisco's LGBT community. It operates programs that commission and present queer artists, promote the development of culturally diverse queer arts organizations, and document significant queer arts events taking place in San Francisco.

La Peña Cultural Center is a vibrant community cultural center with a global vision that promotes peace, social justice, and cultural understanding through the arts, education, and social action. The peña tradition started in Chile in the early 60s. The main idea was to have a gathering place where artists of all disciplines could share a space and provide good food, music and an overall aesthetic response to an institutional culture that did not provide the space for other creative forms to exist. Peñas in Chile became a major backbone of the cultural program during Salvador Allende's government (1970 – 1973). Artists, poets, musicians, painters, and others gathered to preserve cultural forms and create new ones. La Peña was started by a group of Latin Americans and North Americans as a response to the military coup that overthrew the government of Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973. La Peña opened its doors in June 1975.