National Queer Arts Festival 2003

It’s hilarious, it’s fantastic, it’s tragic, it’s triumphant – it’s the quintessential San Francisco festival – the National Queer Arts Festival!

Produced each year during Pride month by the Queer Cultural Center (Qcc), NQAF celebrates and promotes the work of local, national and internationally acclaimed queer artists. Based upon the premise that the queer community is a microcosm of the world, NQAF is dedicated to encompassing its full diversity and presenting the breadth of our community’s artists and arts organizations. Since its inception in 1998, NQAF has presented the work of renowned artists such as Bill T. Jones, Meredith Monk, Alice Walker, Marga Gomez, Adrienne Rich, and the late Lou Harrison.

NQAF invites artists each year to explore a topic that resonates within the queer community. We ask how the topic affects their work as queer artists, and how it mirrors their differences or sameness in the larger world. This year the topic is gender identity, and will be the emphasis of many pieces included in this month long festival. To kick-off the NQAF 2003 festivities, we invite you to join us for THE Q BALL! on SATURDAY, MAY 31st at The SF LGBT Community Center @ 6pm! Come lick your lips and savor the delights, for we have something to tickle everyone’s fancy – performance teasers, breathtaking art, tasty morsels and bangin’ beverages! The excitement starts May 31st and continues through June 29th with intriguing multimedia installations, dance, theater, visual art exhibitions, comedy, lit and poetry, film, and a wide array of multidisciplinary programs featuring artists discussing their work.

NQAF 2003 is produced by Qcc in collaboration with numerous Bay Area arts organizations such as SomArts, The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center (The Center), Jon Sims Center for the Arts, QueLACo, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Native American Cultural Center, Harvey Milk Center, ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theater, Brava Theater Center, La Galería de la Raza, and the 848 Community Center. We thank the following supporters of NQAF 2003 for helping to make it happen: San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Grants for the Arts, Rainbow – a worker owned cooperative, Horizons Foundation, Open Meadows Foundation, Astraea Foundation, Bayview Opera House, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SomArts, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and the Zellerbach Family Fund. And we are so very excited to announce NQAF’s first media sponsor & The SF Weekly!

Special THANKS goes to Waller Press, Gregory Casillas and the staff at the York Hotel, Ruth Herring, Megan Murphy & Theater Rhinoceros, Charles Wilmouth, Idris Ackamoor & Cultural Odyssey, Anne Tamar-Mattis, Melinda Caparaiso, Roberto Ordegna, Jennifer Barth of The Center, Kim, Jamie & Mel of The Center, and all the individuals and artists who gave their talent, time, expertise and hearts to help make NQAF 2003 what it is!

$125 gets you a rockin’ NQAF 2003 T-Shirt, and Admission into all Festival events held at The SF LGBT Community Center and SomArts.
Ticket code number: QS01

Festival Passes are not valid for other venues.
Passes can be picked up at THE Q BALL! on Saturday, May 31st
at The SF LGBT Community Center and SomArts WILL CALL.

QAF Information
Office Location & Mailing Address
Queer Cultural Center
1800 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Tel: 415.865.5611
Email: Qcc@queerculturalcenter.com

QAF 2003
This series of visual art exhibitions, performances and interpretive programs has been organized by the Queer Cultural Center (QCC).

Since its debut in 1998, the National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF) has showcased some of the best professional and emerging artists in the Queer Community. The National Queer Arts Festival has been produced in collaboration with numerous Bay Area nonprofit arts organizations, including Jon Sims Center for the Arts, Harvey Milk Institute (HMI), SomArts, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art (MCC), the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC) the Asian/Pacific Island Cultural Center (APICC), Brava! for Women in the Arts, and many others whose events you’ll find in this catalog.

The National Queer Arts Festival presents the breadth of our communities’ diverse artists and arts organizations. In this catalog you’ll find spoken word performances, multimedia work, visual art exhibitions, dance, theater, comedy, literature and poetry readings, video screenings, and a wide array of multidisciplinary programs featuring artists discussing their own works.

The National Queer Arts Festival has been financially supported by SomArts, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art, the Bayview Opera House, the Cultural Equity Grants program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Gateways Initiative of the San Francisco Foundation, the Horizons Foundation, the Astraea Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Fund, Hispanics in Philanthropy, New Performance Network , California Poets & Writers, Inc., African American Art and Culture Complex , the Vanguard Foundation, and the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation.

Festival Staff
Pamela Peniston, Qcc Executive Director, NQAF Artistic Director
Jeff Jones, Development Director
LaVette Virden, Business Manager
Rudy Lemcke, Internet Programs Director
Shani Heckman, Technical Director
Jenny B-Production Manager and Lighting Designer
Sini Anderson, Pam Peniston, Cedric Brown, Marvin White and Charles Wilmoth, Festival Curators
Exodus, House Manager
Heather Cox, Box Office Manager