National Queer Arts Festival 2005


Welcome to the 8th Annual National Queer Arts Festival! NQAF events begin June 1st and end on June 30th! The Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) and The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center are kicking off the NQAF and celebrating Pride Month on June 4th with the mother of all FREE Performance Parties – The QBall! Starting at 6:00pm, join us for four, count ’em FOUR art openings and twenty bite-size performances. Then kick back the chairs and dance. As always, the beats got treats: free food and drink abound.

We have riveting performances and knockout visual arts exhibitions for the entire festival. Qcc asked visual artists to define and create new work about war. War might be with economic, political, racial, gender-based, environmental or illness. We are sharing this exhibition with visual artists from around the world, and complementing the exhibit is an evening of performance at the opening on June 5th at SomArts.

This year, Qcc is lowering the ticket prices for most of our events, and has increased the number of FREE events. Our event costs have risen 20-40%, but we are lowering admissions to bring these programs to the widest possible audience. Most of our tickets will be a sliding scale of $5 – $15. Eighty to ninety percent of our ticket earnings are given back to the artists as fees. Please consider what you can afford and if you are able, purchase tickets at the higher end of the sliding scale; you are directly supporting your community’s artists!

The National Queer Arts Festival 2005 is produced by Qcc in collaboration with numerous Bay Area arts organizations such as SomArts, The LGBT Community Center, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, QueLACo, Asian/Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Native American Cultural Center, the African American Art & Culture Complex, Corazon del Pueblo, The Three Dollar Bill Cafe, Galería de la Raza, and our newest producing partner, the amazing Femina Potens and Elements Hostel/Hotel.

We thank the funders and supporters of NQAF 2005 for helping to make it happen! Also to our new media sponsor the SF Bay Guardian for the ink and support!


Special THANKS go to our individual donors who make an enormous impact on our organizational capacity and our ability to carry out our mission.

NQAF Information

Office Location & Mailing Address
Queer Cultural Center
934 Brannon Street
SF, CA 94110

Festival Staff

Artistic Director: Pamela Peniston
Development Director: Jeff Jones
Online Programs Director: Rudy Lemcke
Publicist-NQAF 05L Julie Feinstein
Production ManagerL Chris Dunaway
Vol. Coordinator / BoxOffice: Chris Dunaway
Technical Director-SomArts: Cecily Chow
Technical Director-Center: Shani Heckman
Gallery Director-War!L Ann Aptaker
Curator-War!: Kim Anno
Curator-War!: Tina Butcher
Curator-War!: Armando Rascon
Curator-War!: Rev. Tim Taylor
Graphic Design: Dendesign
Business Manager: LaVette Virden
Publicity Liason: Shawna Virago
Festival Intern: Shely Arrieta
Festival Intern: John Jackson

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 Creative Work Fund, the Vanguard Foundation, and the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation.

Thanks to our Individual Funders:
Ilona Weiss, Dr. Marcy Adelman, Ruth Herring, and Lisa Hoffman