For the 22nd annual National Queer Arts Festival, we asked artists to look inside: what things do they need to know/accept or intensify in themselves to create a stronger individual who can pursue social justice; and outside: how do we forge alliances inside and outside of our Queer Communities to advance social equity?
How do we identify what we have in common and what we agree is not acceptable? How do we become more powerful by understanding not every difference is a problem and determining when it actually is? How do we look at our own multiple identities as Queers and create resolutions in ourselves?
We asked for art that speaks to the messy, difficult, rewarding & frustrating issues of coalition-building among communities and individuals; and make emotional, disturbing, inspiring, stimulating and wonderful art.
On a final note, this is my last Festival as Artistic Director and I want to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of artists, audiences and the incredible Qcc Boards and Staff who have surprised, amazed and supported me in the last 26 years. Thank you!
Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director