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Mia Nakano is an artist, archivist, social change maker rooted in Oakland, CA. Her work is shaped through her experiences as a proud 4th generation Japanese American, queer woman of color, daughter of a single mother, and sister of a deaf adult.
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Topsy Turvy works to increase the visibility of multidisciplinary queer and trans performing artists of color while simultaneously defying traditional circus roles that perpetuate white supremacy and limit expressions of gender and sexuality.

Maya Angelou wrote, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” What does it mean to transform? How do our Queer lives evolve and open the way to the transformation our experiences conjure? Why is transformation necessary and how do we as […]

Marlon Riggs

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June 30, 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar Postponed Qcc will host for one night only, the voices and music of San Francisco’s amazing trans and non-binary community. In our reimagined version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s radical rock opera, Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the disciples are recast as a band of queer trans women, featuring Star Amerasu, […]

June 20 Taja’s Coalition LGBT Community Center This event was postponed.      

About National Queer Arts Festival 2000 This series of cultural events, exhibitions, performances, and interpretive programs has been organized by the Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) – the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Art & Culture, and the Harvey Milk Institute. The Festival is produced in collaboration with numerous Bay Area nonprofit arts organizations, including […]

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Krista Smith aka Kentucky Fried Woman is a native Kentuckian living in Oakland since 2005. She has been involved in the arts since 1978 and has worked as a solo artist and with various performance troupes in Santa Barbara, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Vee Jenkins is a performance artist, stand up comedian, designer, seamstress, milliner, costumer, writer, burlesque sensation, filmmaker, maker and organizer of note, basically, the only thing She doesn’t do is BS.

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Marco Garcia Daddy’s Secret Garden fabric, stuffing, faux flowers, pins 28x29x44″(Questions) This is the image for this corner installation that the curators picked. But dimensions given seem smaller than the piece looks. Please check and see if the dimensions are right and the title for this piece is right. Artist Statement Marco Garcia’s is an […]