CREATING QUEER COMMUNITY

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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.

FIRST TIME CQC APPLICANTS

RETURNING CQC APPLICANTS

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 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?

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