CREATING QUEER COMMUNITY

CREATING QUEER COMMUNITY 2019-10-08T20:39:17+00:00

ABOUT CREATING QUEER COMMUNITY (CQC)

CQC is an annual grants program to commission LGBTQ+ artists and arts organizations to build their knowledgebase around their artistic practice. We do this by providing modest stipends combined with free educational opportunities that encompass technical skills (lighting design, script writing, and stage direction) to marketing, show production, and box office “how-tos”. Participants who move through our CQC program, as well as returning artists, are eligible for continued funding to produce works for the National Queer Arts Festival.

CQC is comprised of three distinct programmatic levels, the intention is to provide a pathway for new artists to increase their skillsets to empower them to show their work in a professional setting. Those who move through our beginning programs are eligible to receive funding to produce work for the National Queer Arts Festival.

  • Emerging Artists: For artists who have never produced a show, performance, or exhibition before. An excellent starting point for new artists who will produce a showcase up to 15 minutes long at the end of the program. Workshop and artistic development support may include how to write an artist bio, script writing, lighting design, grant writing, and more. Offerings are cohort and production dependent.
  • Creating Queer Community 1 (CQC1): The next phase for the Emerging Artist cohort, similar workshop and artistic development offerings outlined above, with a focus on further development of artistic practice and work.
  • Creating Queer Community 2 (CQC2): For established artists or artists who have moved through our Emerging Artists and CQC1 programs. CQC2 artists receive funding to produce works for the National Queer Arts Festival which runs from May to July each year. This support includes marketing support through QCC’s NQAF catalog (10,000 print run), posts of shows on our website, newsletter and social outreach, technical support, box office and online ticketing management.

CQC HISTORY
QCC began operating Creating Queer Community in 2000 by awarding 5 small commissions ranging from $500 to $1500. Since then, QCC has commissioned approximately 120 LGBT artists to create new works that authentically express our community’s diverse experiences. The vast majority of these commissions have been awarded to culturally-specific and gender-specific individual artists whose work expresses the experiences of queers of color, Lesbians and Transgendered people. The commissioned work has broadened the Queer community’s understanding of the fluid nature of racial and gender identities and has provided many insights into what people of different races, gender identities and ages actually think.

CURRENT CQC NEWS

Creating Queer Community New Artist Meetings & Returning Artists Application, 2019

For the theme of the 2020 National Queer Arts Festival, we ask artists to address Transformation in all its forms. Maya Angelou wrote, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” What does it mean to transform? How do our queer lives evolve and open the way to the transformation our experiences conjure? Why is transformation necessary and how do we as a queer community embrace the transition? What unexpected growth do our hearts open to when we surrender to a vision of change, love, affirmation and forgiveness?

ARCHIVE OF CREATING QUEER COMMUNITY GRANTEES

Lois due for Creating Queer Community 1 & Emerging Artists
DUE: October 25, 2019

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 modest stipends combined with free educational opportunities that encompass technical skills (lighting design, script writing, and stage direction) to marketing, show production, and box office “how-tos”. We are accepting Letters of Intent for the Emerging Artists and Creating Queer Community 1 cohorts until October 25, 2019.