Creating Queer Community Grantees (2017)


Femme Space is a photo project exploring queer femme identity and reclamation of space. Queer femmes of all genders choose locations and co-conspire with photographer, Amanda Arkansassy Harris to reclaim sites of marginalization, erasure and invisibility through portraiture. Femme Space exists to draw attention to the experiences of queer femmes and amplify our stories in art and media. You Are Enough is a visual arts show that calls forth our strategies of resistance, radical self-love, and breaking the silence in order to shirk off the shame associated with Crazy. This shame demands our very lives as sacrifice, but we have the power, though collective voices, to banish it. Artists name and reclaim our Crazy to become more fully embodied and more recognizable to ourselves and one another.
The Resilience Archives showcase will be a space, filled with the words, works, and histories of LGBTQ AAPIs. The Resilience Archives is an intergenerational collection of personal photos, fliers, and documents from the bay area LGBTQ AAPI community that has been woven into a digital history tour. Filmmaker and performer Mocha Jean Herrup brings a filmmaker’s eye and a queer deconstructive lens to an exhibit of photographs that redefines the frame of Israel / Palestine.
Twenty years after the first National Queer Arts Festival, we look back on where we were when the festival was conceived of in the queer 90s and where we thought we’d be. And then look forward to where we are now and where we might go in our imagined and unexpected trajectories. Why queer country music? Because sometimes you love a culture that doesn’t always love you back. And when everyone came to the first Queer Country West Coast in June of 2015 in all their country finery, we knew we weren’t alone. We do it because we love the music and want to build a community to support queer country musicians. We do it because everybody needs a honky tonk angel to hold them tight. We do it because we believe in country music for all cow people.
During the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Osa de la Riva collected 75+ hours of raw video footage, some at the bedside of my friends dying from AIDS. She did most of the original filming without a budget, using borrowed cameras and donated tape. The subjects’ lives, stories, insights, experiences and opinions might have been erased from the historical record had she not video-interviewed them before they died. These interviews include some of the earliest recorded first-hand statements about the early years of Two-Spirit and LGBT Latino Liberation in California. In this hilarious solo show, which premiered at NQAF in 2016, San Francisco Mime Troupe and Beach Blanket Babylon veteran Rotimi Agbabiaka shape-shifts from character to character and uses monologue, song, dance, and drag to embody, explore, and expose the battles minority artists fight in the exclusive world of mainstream American theatre.
Nigga-Roo is a multidisciplinary Performance based inquiry into Black identity. This Solo work bravely explores and dissects Blackness as an original and necessary social construct. Because Blackness is rooted in Slavery and saturated in Caricature this work fearlessly and intentionally uses Black Face, Spoken Word, Movement and Monologue to disarm and disrupt the world view of what Blackness is. “Born out of the need to take our stories from the margins and into the spotlight,” Kreatibo is a queer Pin@y artist group that was/is “dedicated to the preservation and creation of our collective memory, and uses artistic forums as a means of cultural activism.” On hiatus for twelve years, members of Kreatibo now reassemble to reflect on themes of community, love, diaspora, and home. Using music, movement, words, and images, a Kreatibo group seasoned by age and time reunites to honor the past, celebrate the present, and envision new dreams for the future.
This evening of dance, drag, multimedia and literary art features performers from the Bay Area and beyond including The Brush Arbor Gurlz, Billy “the Poof” Elliot, Charleston Chu, Elena Rose, Brock Cocker, Tyrone Peaches, Ricky T. Smiles, Lance Armstar, Lotta Hollandaise, Natalia Vigil, Open Mike, Savory Sweet, Sugarbush Lane, the One-Night Only reunion of the Transformers and many more. Mirror(ed) – Emerging Artists Take Center Stage. Eric Garcia & Detour Dance, SevanKelee Boult, Nefertiti Asanti and Davia Spain present hot off the press and out of the rehearsal studio new work! Join us for an explosive multi-disciplinary night of new art.
In “Love in the Time of Piñatas,” writer, comedian, and solo performer Baruch Porras Hernandez breaks open his life and lets all the candy fall out. Watch him wrestle with immigrant guilt, then make out with it a little, then transform it into a hilarious show that asks what’s at the end of the Mexican immigrant road? Baruch hopes it’s donuts. Pre-internet, post-disco, a new generation of old school queers share their stories about coming out as young dykes of color outside of big city life. We’ll be rolling back the years to a time when Gay Straight Alliances were not a thing in our towns and when Yahoo and Google were just silly words. Prepare for night of multimedia performance, poetry and provocation set to commemorate and celebrate our young Dyke Codes of communication, the secret language of the queer experience outside of the big city bubble.
Through stories, performance, and multimedia art, queer artists will square off against post-election realities. They’ll draw inspiration, critical lessons, and tactics from past generations of artist-activists who faced down historic challenges. They will interrogate just what the “new normal” is and ask if it really is all that new. They will demonstrate how we can we marshal queer joy, humor, and resilience in spite of the current challenges. Together, they will imagine a queer future that is informed, fierce, inventive, and visionary.