August 2023 QCC News


August 2023 at Queer Cultural Center



Did you know that Queer Cultural Center works year-round to support queer arts? It’s true, we’re more than just the National Queer Arts Festival! So what happens when it’s not June? Well, right now the staff at QCC are taking time to strengthen our internal systems, structures, and processes. While it might not be the most glamorous part of the work, we know it’s important to invest in our infrastructure, so we can spend more time supporting artists and less time wrestling with our information systems. The screenshot above is from a training session with the QCC staff about how to centralize our organizational contact records. S E X Y. Stay tuned for more news coming soon about what else we’re upgrading around here. :) 

Did you miss some of June’s NQAF events? Check out our virtual events and in-person streams that are still available on on Youtube channel! Our youtube playlist has just been updated with video from the Remembering Club Q Panel, curated by tanea lunsford lynx.

From our Communications Coordinator, Jennifer: “It’s so incredible to hear about a piece of queer history in the Castro that members of our community created. They were so vivid with the memories that they were talking about, it’s like I was there!”

Watch the Remembering Club Q Panel stream!   COMMUNITY EVENTS & PROJECTS

Expansive: A Showcase of Transgender & Nonbinary Classical Artists

Date: Thursday, August 3 – Friday, August 4, 2023
Time: 7pm on Thursday & 7:30pm on Friday
Location: A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ticket Price: $25 – $50, Pay What You Can Tickets available at $10

The Transgender District and Opera Parallèle invite you to kick-off Transgender History Month with Expansive, a classical concert of three spectacular transgender and nonbinary classical artists, hosted by Afrika America. August 3 & 4, at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater. SPECIAL TICKET OFFER: Buy one ticket and get a 2nd for 50% off with promo code EXPAND (valid of $25 or $50 tickets only).

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In This House We Are All Buried Alive: Paola de la Calle Solo Exhibition

Date: July 20 – August 27, 2023
Time: Gallery hours include Thursdays 3pm – 7pm, Fridays 12pm – 7pm, and Saturday/Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Location: SOMArts, 934 Brannan St, SF 94103

Drawing inspiration from Colombian poet María Mercedes Carranza’s piece “La Patria” (“The Motherland”), Colombian-American multidisciplinary artist Paola de la Calle’s debut solo exhibition, In This House We Are All Buried Alive examines the relationship between power and memory. What becomes the memory of a culture? Of a family? Who benefits when memories are forgotten?
De La Calle investigates how the social-political histories of the United States and Colombia shape family narratives, influence identity, and transform cultural memory.

More info about the exhibition and artist

Ruby C. Tut and Maya Salameh Talk about Creating Art in Diaspora

Date: Saturday, August 5, 2023
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: de Young Museum Koret Auditorium, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Ticket Price: Free

Join us to hear the artists in conversation in Koret Auditorium, then spend some time in Gallery 17 with poet Maya Salameh exploring the intersection of visual and written art. Enjoy some paintings and poems about the environment and create something in a genre of its own. Regardless of your familiarity with poetry, drop by and participate in this unique experience!

Accessibility Information: Venue is wheelchair accessible. 

NQAF 2023 artist Skip the Needle is releasing their third recording project, an EP with music inspired by the life of science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. Join the band for an electrified good time and learn more about Butler’s life.

Saturday, September 16th
Ivy Room Albany, CA (21+)
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door

Skip the Needle is thrilled to be releasing 6 original tracks for Octavia of Earth, Volume 2 on Soulectric Records – A Division of Little Village Foundation!

Octavia of Earth, Volume 2 – Octavia of Earth is a docu-musical inspired by the life of black feminist icon Octavia E. Butler. Tender, funny, and magical, Octavia of Earth presents the human side of the mysterious founding mother of Afrofuturism. The project is a collaboration led by Uncaged Library Arts and Information.


Zaccho Dance Theatre’s Black Futures Artist-in-Residence Program is open to diverse voices, emerging and established, called to express the Black experience through an arts practice that inspires dialogue and builds community. All Bay Area Black theater, dance, and interdisciplinary artists, as well as collaborative teams, are eligible to apply with preference given to residents of San Francisco.
Residencies will take place from October 2023 to June 2024. Four residencies will be awarded. Each Black Futures Resident Artist must attend a mandatory orientation at 5:00 PM on October 2nd, participate in a monthly check-in meeting, and is expected to use the Zaccho Studio as part of your residency.
TO APPLY: Artists should submit all application materials by Google Form by AUGUST 18, 2023. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by no later than September 18, 2023.

Apply Now

Does your art, paintings, sculptures, or photography empower and celebrate your queer community?

Strut is calling for entries from LGBTQ+ artists who are passionate about the work they do and want to share their work with our communities.

Wall Art Only: art must be able to hang on our gallery wall. Items which require any kind of shelf or pedestal will not be accepted for this show. Work should be completed and ready to hang by the time of submission, no sketches nor drafts of future work will be reviewed for this show.

The gallery wall is about 35 feet across and 9 feet high. We ask that the artist have enough art to fill the wall across, or at least ten pieces of art.

If the artist wants to create a new collection of art specifically for this program please say so in the artist statement, submit sketches of proposed work, and work samples of prior pieces of art.

Deadline is August 31, 2023.



We acknowledge we are on unceded ancestral homeland of the original inhabitants of this land otherwise known as the San Francisco Bay Area.
Click below to access our visual land acknowledgement created in partnership with The Association of Ramaytush Ohlone  and Inés Ixierda for the National Queer Arts Festival. Visual Land Acknowledgement  

If you are non-Indigenous, we invite you to pay a Shuumi Land Tax to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust – an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people.

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