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
- Register for one of our three mandatory introductory meetings here
- Click HERE for Creating Queer Community Application
RETURNING CQC APPLICANTS
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.