Welcome to the 12th National Queer Arts Festival
70 exhibitions and performances from May 31 to July 11
Presented by the Queer Cultural Center

This year’s theme is Threads.  We celebrate Threads in our visual arts show, our fashion spectacular, San Francisco is Burning, and throughout the Festival’s performances and screenings.

Threads create fabric – literally and figuratively – the fabric of our many queer communities.  Festival artists explore the threads that bind, mend and sometimes unravel in this spectacular fabric. 

You are a vital part of this fabric: whether the warp or the woof, you will find yourself within this Festival.  You’ll find events that reflect your own life stories or take a chance and explore someone else’s stories.  Why not do both?  We have stories in every artistic discipline presented by every kind of queer (and that’s a whole lotta queer!).

When you attend a Festival event, most of your ticket money goes directly to the artists.

So, in a sense, you are commissioning new queer art along with us.  We at the Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) consider our audiences to be our producing partners.

The National Queer Arts Festival offers the best exchange rate in the country:  your dollar brings you the most exciting, challenging arts you’ll see all year.  Where else can you find our best emerging and established artists – live queers on stage! – for about the same price as a movie?

I look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

– Pamela S. Peniston, Artistic Director


Pamela Peniston – Artistic Director
Jeff Jones – Development Director
Rudy Lemcke – Online Programs Director
Elizabeth Pickens – Program Director
Cris Dunaway – Production Manager
Lavette Virden – Business Manager

Tirza True Latimer – Curator, Threads
Rudy Lemcke – Curator, Threads
Matt McKinley – Curator, Threads
Pamela Peniston – Curator, Threads
Allison Smith – Curator, Threads
Tina Takemoto – Curator, Threads
Courtney Dailey – Exhibition coordinator, Threads
Tamara Loewenstein – Exhibition coordinator, Threads

DENDESIGN – Graphic Design
Tavi Clark – Box Office Manager
PSPrint – Catalog printer
Juan Orde
ñez- Catalog distributor

Information about the Festival please contact: [email protected]
Elizabeth Pickens
National Queer Arts Festival Co-coordinator


Trilce Santana (President)
Bertha Amador
Jeff Jones
Alicia Kester
Rudy Lemcke
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto
Juan Alberto Tam

Advisory Board
Dr. Marcy Adelman
Cheryl Dunye


Queer Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
SF, CA 94103

Executive Director
Pamela Peniston
Email: [email protected]

SF LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street @ Octavia
934 Brannan Street @ 8th Street
Artists Television Access (ATA) 992 Valencia Street @ 21st Street
BRAVA Theater Center
2789 24th Street @ York Street
Center for Sex and Culture 1519 Mission Street @ 11th Street
1310 Mission Street @ 9th Street
Dolores Park
Dolores @ 18th Street
El Rio
3158 Mission Street @ Cesar Chavez
Femina Potens
2199 Market Street @ Sanchez Street
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin Street @ Geary
The Garage
975 Howard Street @ 6th Street
GLBT Historical Society
657 Mission Street #300 @ New Montgomery
a.Muse Art Gallery & Meeting Place
614 Alabama Street @ 18th Street
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street @ Valencia
SF Public Library
100 Larkin Street @ Grove
Theater Artaud
450 Florida Street @ 17th Street
Voice Factory
1519 Mission Street @ 11th Street
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street @ 3rd Street
Are you interested in volunteering for The 2009 National Queer Arts Festival? Please contact:
Beth Pickens (National Queer Arts Festival Co-co