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.
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.