NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL 2004
Produced each year during Pride month by the Queer Cultural Center (Qcc), NQAF celebrates and promotes the work of local, national and internationally acclaimed queer artists. Based upon the premise that the queer community is a microcosm of the world, NQAF is dedicated to encompassing its full diversity and presenting the breadth of our community’s artists and arts organizations. Since its inception in 1998, NQAF has presented the work of renowned artists such as Bill T. Jones, Meredith Monk, Alice Walker, Marga Gomez, Dorothy Allison, and the late Thom Gunn.
To kick-off the NQAF 2004 festivities AND to celebrate the start of Pride Month, we join with the SF Pride Committee and The Center and invite you to join us for THE Q BALL! on SATURDAY, June 5th at The SF LGBT Community Center @ 6pm!
The excitement starts June 3rd and continues through June 27th with intriguing installations, dance, theater, visual art exhibitions, comedy, lit and poetry, film, and a wide array of multidisciplinary programs featuring artists discussing their work. NQAF invites artists each year to explore a topic that resonates within the queer community. We ask how the topic affects their work as queer artists. This year, the topic is Class, and it will be the emphasis of two pieces included in this month long festival: Without a Net curated by Michelle Tea and Class Action Suit from Thea Hillman and Rocco Kayiatos, aka Katastrophe.
NQAF 2004 is produced by Qcc in collaboration with numerous Bay Area arts organizations such as SomArts, The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center, BACW-The Bay Area Community of Women, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, QueLACo, ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theater, Theatre Rhinoceros and SF Pride Committee. We thank the following supporters of NQAF 2004 for helping to make it happen: California Arts Council, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Rainbow – A Worker-Owned Cooperative, Horizons Foundation, Open Meadows Foundation, Astraea Foundation, SomArts, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, The Vanguard Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Fund. Also to our media sponsor the SF Weekly.
Special THANKS go to our Individual Donors who make an enormous impact on our organizational capacity and our ability to carry out our mission: Ruth E. Herring – $3500 – underwriting the technical costs of production
2004 QCC STAFF
Pamela Peniston, Qcc Executive Director, NQAF Artistic Director
Jeff Jones, Development Director
Rudy Lemcke, Internet Programs Director
LaVette Virden, Business Manager
Sean Dorsey, Development Associate & Publicity Liason
Chris Dunaway, Production Manager
Heather Cox Carducci, Box Office Manager
Cecily Chow, SomArts Technical Director
Shani Heckman, Center Technical Director
Sally Douglas Arce, Publicity for NQAF 2004
DenDesign, Graphic Design
Juan Alberto Tam
Qcc: The Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Art & Culture
Founded in 1993, the Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) is a multidisciplinary arts-presenting organization that conducts artistic and interpretive programs exploring queer identity issues. Our programs promote the careers of lesbian gay bi transgender artists, foster the growth of queer arts organizations, and serve queer and non-queer audiences alike. By presenting, exhibiting, and screening queer artists’ work, Qcc contributes a multicultural perspective on the lesbian gay bi transgender experience.
This series of visual art exhibitions, performances and interpretive programs has been organized by the Queer Cultural Center (QCC).
Since its debut in 1998, the National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF) has showcased some of the best professional and emerging artists in the Queer Community. The National Queer Arts Festival has been produced in collaboration with numerous Bay Area nonprofit arts organizations, including Jon Sims Center for the Arts, Harvey Milk Institute (HMI), SomArts, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art (MCC), the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC) the Asian/Pacific Island Cultural Center (APICC), Brava! for Women in the Arts, and many others whose events you’ll find in this catalog.
The National Queer Arts Festival presents the breadth of our communities’ diverse artists and arts organizations. In this catalog you’ll find spoken word performances, multimedia work, visual art exhibitions, dance, theater, comedy, literature and poetry readings, video screenings, and a wide array of multidisciplinary programs featuring artists discussing their own works.