Creating Queer Community 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.

Creating Queer Community is comprised of three distinct programmatic levels, to provide a pathway for new artists to increase their skillsets to empower them to show their work in a professional setting.

Emerging Artists (EA)
Artists who have never produced a solo show, performance, or exhibition. This group is around 4 – 8 artists who are given opportunities to participate in a group or solo show and attend free workshops such as Writing an Artist Bio, Publicity & Marketing, Taxes for Artists, and Stage Lighting.

Creating Queer Community 1 (CQC1)
Open to artists who have gone through our EA program and want to continue developing their work and skills.

Creating Queer Community 2 (CQC2)
Open to more established artists who have experience putting on solo shows, or led the production of a group show with multiple artists. Also open to graduates of our EA or CQC1 programs. CQC2 artists receive funding to produce works for the National Queer Arts Festival.


Visit some of the past works our grantees have produced for the National Queer Arts Festival. These shows represent our Emerging Artist, CQC1 and CQC2 programs.


Queer As F
Performing Visible Resilience
Song of Song Seder
Thrill Spot
Confronting the Ghost of