January at Queer Cultural Center
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As we begin this new Gregorian New Year, we do so with great gratitude for you, our QCC community. As we enter our 25th year, comes the chance to set intentions and direct ourselves toward the hopes and dreams for the future. It also gives us the chance to recommit ourselves to you and to our purpose. We are guided by a commitment to our artists, a commitment to Black lives, to Indigenous sovereignty and making visible LGBTQIA+ BIPOC lives and stories.
This year it has been a pleasure and honor to work with artists who have shown such courage and creativity in the face of all the challenges life has brought. And we know there will be more challenges this year. We know artists are always at the forefront of activism and response, which means you will need the space to heal and express for years to come. Our mission, to promote social justice and the artistic and financial development of queer art and culture is at the core of everything we do. We hope to be a place to gather (even if it’s virtually), to cut through isolation, to find the support and community you need.
Together, may we all hold close the words of our new ancestor, bell hooks, “One of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.”In Solidarity
QCC Executive Director
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Holiday Soirée in December. A big thank you to our amazing host, our incredible speakers and performers, and all the people behind the scenes who made this event happen. If you missed it live, don’t worry! You can catch the full event and highlighted clips on our Youtube channel
Watch Here LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Click below to access our visual land acknowledgement created in partnership with The Association of Ramaytush Ohlone and Inés Ixierda for the National Queer Arts Festival.
To find out which Native land you currently reside on, go to https://native-land.caVisual Land Acknowledgement SOGOREA TE’ LAND TRUST
If you are able and non-Indigenous, we invite you to consider paying a Shuumi Land Tax this year. The Shuumi Land Tax is a voluntary annual contribution that non-Indigenous people living on the Confederated Villages of Lisjan’s territory can make to support the critical work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.
The Shuumi Land Tax directly supports Sogorea Te’s work of rematriation, returning Indigenous land to Indigenous people, establishing a cemetery to reinter stolen Ohlone ancestral remains and building urban gardens, community centers, and ceremonial spaces so current and future generations of Indigenous people can thrive in the Bay Area. Shuumi means gift in the Ohlone language Chochenyo.
The Shuumi Land Tax is an invitation to support the vital work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, a small step towards acknowledging the history of genocide on this land and contributing to its healing.More Info Here EVENTS
Eye Zen Presents, Latinx Mafia, and SOL VIDA are delighted to announce the premiere gathering of FabLab playshops celebrating Queer, Black and Indigenous ancestors of culture. The second playshop on January 13, 2022, from 6pm-8pm PST, celebrates Chicana- Tejana- Lesbian, feminist poet, activist, theorist and fiction writer, Gloria Anzaldúa and is facilitated by Tina D’Elia. This Fab Lab playshop takes place online only. Registration available on sliding scale from $5-$50 and are on sale at eyezen.org.More Info Here
11TH ANNUAL TWO-SPIRIT POWWOW
Mark your calendars for The 11th annual Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits Powwow on February 12th at Fort Mason Pavilion in San Francisco! Never attended a Powwow? Want to learn about Powwow etiquette? Click here for a helpful guide to understanding and enjoying Powwows.More Info Here
2022 QUEER AFRO LATIN DANCE FESTIVAL
Join the first annual Queer Afro-Latin Dance Festival on June 10th & 11th in San Jose to highlight and celebrate queer, trans, and ally Afro-Latin dancers from different parts of the globe! Enjoy two nights of dance performances, polish your dance skills by learning from world renowned queer instructors, and participate in the first ever queer Afro-Latin dance festival.Tickets Here OPPORTUNITIES
18TH ANNUAL QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL
QWOCMAP invites films to our 18th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, June 10-12, 2022. This year, the Film Festival will be held in-person at the Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Avenue in San Francisco!
DEADLINE: Friday, January 21, 2022 to be RECEIVED in QWOCMAP’s office.
There is no submission fee. Filmmakers are welcome to submit more than one film.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected].Apply Here
MALA FOREVER – DAY RATE MICRO GRANTS
Apply for Mala Forever’s artist grant. DAY RATE is a $300 monthly artist grant for Black and Native American femme, queer, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming filmmakers and creative storytellers, whose communities are owed reparations for ongoing state violence and systemic racism, stolen lives, and stolen lands.
DAY RATE is awarded by lottery to one individual artist on the 1st of each month.Apply Here
CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL GRANTS SEASON
Mark your calendars! The first cycle of CAC grant applications opens on January 19th. This year, 12 grant programs have been rooted in several of the aspirational areas identified in the CAC’s strategic framework, including increased capacity building for local arts agencies, general operating support, multiyear grant opportunities, geographic equity, small organization prioritization, and funding for individual artists.More Info Here
ART WITH IMPACT SHORT FILM CONTEST
Art With Impact is partnering with the AB Korkor Foundation to award three filmmakers for projects exploring the intersection between physical health and mental health. We are seeking films —up to 5 minutes in length—in any genre, that explore the connection between mental health and physical activity. Film topics may either be interpretive of mental health or address it directly.
The deadline to submit a film is February 28, 2022!Apply Here
2022 ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS
The 22nd Biennial Allied Media Conference is now seeking your proposals for online sessions! Convening June 30th – July 3rd, 2022, AMC2022 will be a space to explore new forms of organizing, infused with creativity, deep listening, and synergy between diverse mediums and tactics.
AMC2022 will feature a dynamic range of ten unique focus areas – from Journalism for Liberation to Abolishing Carceral Tech to Sex & Pleasure as Tools for Community Healing – that explore the imaginative strategies we need for joyful and sustainable activism. When you propose a session for the AMC, you can associate it with one of the AMC’s Tracks or offer it independently as part of our Shaping Change Track.
Session proposals are due Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 at 11:59 EST.More Info Here
PILLARS MUSLIM ARTIST DATABASE
The Pillars Muslim Artist Database is live! The database is a network for industry leaders and muslim artists working below and above the line in filmmaking and storytelling industries in the U.S. Whether you’re an industry leader looking for Muslim talent or an actor, director, cinematographer, sound technician, agent, or other Muslim artist working in film, you can create your own free profile!
The database serves as a bridge between the abundance of talent within our communities and directors, producers, and industry leaders looking for their next collaborator.More Info Here
If you are non-Indigenous, we invite you to pay a Shuumi Land Tax to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust – an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people.
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