National Queer Arts Festival 2004

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, Dorothy Allison, and the late Thom Gunn.

To kick-off the NQAF 2004 festivities AND to celebrate the start of Pride Month, we join with the SF Pride Committee and The Center and invite you to join us for THE Q BALL! on SATURDAY, June 5th at The SF LGBT Community Center @ 6pm!

The excitement starts June 3rd and continues through June 27th with intriguing installations, dance, theater, visual art exhibitions, comedy, lit and poetry, film, and a wide array of multidisciplinary programs featuring artists discussing their work. 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. This year, the topic is Class, and it will be the emphasis of two pieces included in this month long festival: Without a Net curated by Michelle Tea and Class Action Suit from Thea Hillman and Rocco Kayiatos, aka Katastrophe.

NQAF 2004 is produced by Qcc in collaboration with numerous Bay Area arts organizations such as SomArts, The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center, BACW-The Bay Area Community of Women, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, QueLACo, ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theater, Theatre Rhinoceros and SF Pride Committee. We thank the following supporters of NQAF 2004 for helping to make it happen: California Arts Council, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Rainbow – A Worker-Owned Cooperative, Horizons Foundation, Open Meadows Foundation, Astraea Foundation, SomArts, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, The Vanguard Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Fund. Also to our media sponsor the SF Weekly.

Special THANKS go to our Individual Donors who make an enormous impact on our organizational capacity and our ability to carry out our mission: Ruth E. Herring – $3500 – underwriting the technical costs of production

NQAF Information
Office Location & Mailing Address
Queer Cultural Center
1800 Market St. #410
SF, CA 94102
Tel: 415.865.5611
Email: QueerCulturalCenter

Festival Staff
Pamela Peniston, Qcc Executive Director, NQAF Artistic Director
Jeff Jones, Development Director
Rudy Lemcke, Internet Programs Director
LaVette Virden, Business Manager
Sean Dorsey, Development Associate & Publicity Liason
Chris Dunaway, Production Manager
Heather Cox Carducci, Box Office Manager
Cecily Chow, SomArts Technical Director
Shani Heckman, Center Technical Director
Sally Douglas Arce, Publicity for NQAF 2004
DenDesign, Graphic Design

Support for the National Queer Arts Festival and Qcc

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.

Additional financial support has been provided by the following individuals:

Ruth E. Herring, $3,500, underwriting the technical costs of production;
Diane Sabin & Jewelle Gomez; $400, support of Spouses for Life exhibitions
Dr. Marcy Adelman; $300, subsidizing artist’s fees.
Renita Taylor and Anne Senter; $100, Technical fees
Lisa Hoffman; $100, general festival support