About NQAF 2015 2017-11-10T20:20:10+00:00

Welcome to the 2015 National Queer Arts Festival

The theme for this year’s NQAF is Connections.   As LGBTQ people, we make connections across many so-called borders of ethnicity, gender, ability and economic status as well as physical borders across cities, states and countries to assemble a family, to create art, to provoke commentary, to weave social justice issues into our practices, to explore spirituality and to have a hella good time.

Individually, Queers are constantly forging new ways to connect within and outside of our perceived communities. We asked artists to explore the connections we make internally, individually, collectively and in community and to investigate the sinews that hold them together and the forces that break them apart.

When the Festival kicks off on May 29 with QUEER REBELS FEST, you will have 40 + opportunities to see the amazing artistic responses to that theme!

We all hope to see you at the Festival!

See you at the Festival!

Pamela Peniston
Artistic Director

National Queer Arts FestivalQCC stages an annual month-long multidisciplinary National Queer Arts Festival, documents significant Bay Area Queer arts events on our Website, provides fundraising and other technical assistance services to emerging culturally-specific and gender-specific Queer arts groups, and conducts “Creating Queer Community,” a program that to date has commissioned more than 60 San Francisco-based artists to create new work. Since 1998, QCC has organized an annual month-long National Queer Arts Festival.  To date, these Festivals have presented more than 400 different events featuring over 1000 Queer artists.


Cheryl Dunye
Jacqueline Francis
Raquel Gutierrez
Jeff Jones
Jordy Jones
Juba Kalamka
Rudy Lemcke
Pratibha Parmar
Mia Nakano
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto (President)

Advisory Member
Dr. Marcy Adelman


Pamela Peniston (Artistic Director)
Information about Qcc and National Queer Arts Festival Programs and Curation

Rudy Lemcke (Website Director)
Information about the our Visual Art program, Website curation and Educational programs including (QCCA) Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts and (ESP) Emerging Scholars Program.

Jeff Jones (Financial Director)
Information about all financial matters.

Kevin Seaman (General Manager)
Information about QCC and Creating Queer Community technical assistance and commissioning program.

Sarah Guerra (Production Manager)

LaVette Virden  (Finance Manager)

DENDESIGN (Graphic Design)

PS Print  (Festival Printing)

Glitter Bomb CURATORS

Darius Bost
Việt Lê
Melorra Green
Jacqueline Francis
Rudy Lemcke
Matt McKinley (Exhibit Designer)
Pamela Peniston

Melonie Green (Exhibition Coordinator)

All Qcc events always have a No One Turned Away policy.

Please make preparations to ensure this event is accessible and safe for people with chemical injury and environmental illness. We request you refrain from wearing hair and body products with fragrance or clothing washed in detergent with fragrance.


Press Page Link (Photos and General Press Release)

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