Our programs include grants for LGBTQ+ individual artists and organizations, free workshops to support the development of successful artistic practices, lectures and panels in partnership with regional universities and colleges, and sponsorship of numerous arts events throughout the Bay Area.
Creating Queer Community
CQC is an annual grants program to commission LGBTQ+ artists and arts organizations to build their knowledge base around their artistic practice. We do this by providing small grants, free educational opportunities, and mentorship.
Queer Cultural Center is an incubator of emerging and established artists, organizations, and production companies. Through our support, independent artists and small companies gain access to funding that would otherwise be out of reach.
We have supported the growth and development of QWOCMAP, RADAR Productions, Fresh Meat, Peacock Rebellion, and hundreds of individual artists.
Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts
Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts (QCCA) brings together locally and nationally renowned artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars for a series of conversations to discuss a broad range of LGBTQ+ topics in the humanities, architecture, design, and the arts.
Emerging Scholars’ Program
The Emerging Scholars’ Program (ESP) brings together recent graduates in the disciplines of Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Environmental Design disciplines whose work explores gender identity and issues relevant to queer and trans people of color with Bay Area non-profit, community-based arts and social service organizations for a series of conversations that will bring community perspective to their work and develop a network of queer scholars and community partners to foster collaborative research, workshops and cultural events that will enrich the lives of the queer community.
QCC launched year-round presentations and staged a series of approximately 25 arts programs in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, exploring medical and mental health issues such as living with life-threatening diseases, amphetamine abuse and working in the sex industry.
The LGBTQ+ Arts Archive contains material that traces the emergence, diversification and ongoing evolution of Queer arts and culture in San Francisco. Originally created in the late 90s and early 2000s, they represent our sensibility at that time and were never meant to be a complete index of queer art or artists; but rather a humble start at building visibility and online community. The majority of artists presented have either lived in San Francisco or have been connected to the Bay Area in a Queer way.