About NQAF 2014

About NQAF 2014 2019-10-09T21:16:09+00:00

Welcome to the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival

The theme of the 2014 NQAF is The Body Politic/s.  Co-founder, website, media, communications and visual arts & humanities director, Rudy Lemcke said it best:

“It encompasses the idea of the body as sensuous, sentient organism as well as the site of cultural signification and political power. What is it to be in a body, perhaps the “wrong” body; to move, to feel, to desire as well as to be desired or to be objectified or fetishized? What is it like to inhabit a body that others think is “wrong:” Too fat, too thin, too old, too young, too imperfect or too perfect?

The Body Politic/s also focuses on the traditional definition: a group of people considered as a collective unit; a metaphor in which a nation or group is thought to be a corporate entity, being likened to a human body. What is it to be collectively labeled as deviant and at the same time use this collectivity as a liberating force and political power?”

Join us for the thrilling artistic performances, readings, circus and comedy that arose from those words!  I can promise you a unique experience…and some serious fun.

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

Kevin Seaman (General Manager)
Information about the National Queer Arts Festival Co-ordination and all financial matters)

Rudy Lemcke (Communications Director)
Information about the visual arts program, website curation and QCCA programming

Jeff Jones (Financial Director)

Sarah Guerra (Production Manager)

LaVette Virden  (Finance Manager)

DENDESIGN (Graphic Design)

PS Print  (Festival Printing)

Body, body, bodies… CURATORS

Josh Faught
Jacqueline Francis
Rudy Lemcke
Matt McKinley (Exhibit Designer)
Pamela Peniston
Tina Takemoto

Amanda N. Simons (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.


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