NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL 2018
Artistic Director’s Welcome
This year’s theme—#Resist—for the National Queer Arts Festival seems a natural progression. With the systematic cruelty, hate speech and “fake facts” that are besieging all of our communities, it was time to both withstand and take action: the very definitions of Resist.
Associate Artistic Director Ramona Webb and I challenged the artists working with the theme to queer this definition; to value stillness and/or create action. We felt action is more productive than simply as a reaction. That’s what we want for our community: To apply the arts & activism (artivism) to move forward, while protecting ourselves and reaching out to connect other communities who are being systematically harmed by this administration’s practices.
The programs our artists have created reflect the genius, resilience, strength, and beauty of our community and share our vision of equitable living and loving through artistic community engagement.
We hope to see you at the festival!
Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director
Z Space, San Francisco
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Doors Reception Opening: 7pm
Humanist Hall, Oakland
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