About NQAF 2014


Welcome to the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival

The theme of the 2014 NQAF is The Body Politic/s.  Co-founder, website, media, communications and visual arts & humanities director, Rudy Lemcke said it best:

“It encompasses the idea of the body as sensuous, sentient organism as well as the site of cultural signification and political power. What is it to be in a body, perhaps the “wrong” body; to move, to feel, to desire as well as to be desired or to be objectified or fetishized? What is it like to inhabit a body that others think is “wrong:” Too fat, too thin, too old, too young, too imperfect or too perfect?

The Body Politic/s also focuses on the traditional definition: a group of people considered as a collective unit; a metaphor in which a nation or group is thought to be a corporate entity, being likened to a human body. What is it to be collectively labeled as deviant and at the same time use this collectivity as a liberating force and political power?”

Join us for the thrilling artistic performances, readings, circus and comedy that arose from those words!  I can promise you a unique experience…and some serious fun.

Pamela Peniston
Artistic Director

National Queer Arts FestivalQCC stages an annual month-long multidisciplinary National Queer Arts Festival, documents significant Bay Area Queer arts events on our Website, provides fundraising and other technical assistance services to emerging culturally-specific and gender-specific Queer arts groups, and conducts “Creating Queer Community,” a program that to date has commissioned more than 60 San Francisco-based artists to create new work.Since 1998, QCC has organized an annual month-long National Queer Arts Festival.  To date, these Festivals have presented more than 400 different events featuring over 1000 Queer artists.


Cheryl Dunye
Jacqueline Francis
Raquel Gutierrez
Jeff Jones
Jordy Jones
Juba Kalamka
Rudy Lemcke
Pratibha Parmar
Mia Nakano
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto (President)

Advisory Board
Dr. Marcy Adelman


Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director
Kevin Seaman, General Manager
Rudy Lemcke, Communications Director
Jeff Jones, Financial Director
Sarah Guerra, Production Manager
LaVette Virden, Finance Manager
DENDESIGN, Graphic Design
PS Print, Festival Printing

Body, body, bodies… CURATORS

Josh Faught
Jacqueline Francis
Rudy Lemcke
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto

Matt McKinley, Exhibit Designer
Amanda N. Simons, Exhibition Coordinator

All Qcc events always have a No One Turned Away policy.

Please make preparations to ensure this event is accessible and safe for people with chemical injury and environmental illness. We request you refrain from wearing hair and body products with fragrance or clothing washed in detergent with fragrance.

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