California to Host First National Queer Performing Arts Summit in August of 2016

Cross posting press release from Queer Cultural Center, California, USA

First National Queer Performing Arts Summit in August of 2016

Co-presented by the Queer Cultural Center, California LGBT Arts Alliance, City of Oakland and Oakland School for the Arts. Lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Queer Performing Arts Summit is a gathering that aims to improve the financial condition of queer performing artists. By facilitating a conversation between queer-identified dance, music, theatre, and interdisciplinary artists and presenters looking to expand their queer performance programs, The Summit will make it easier for queer performing artists and presenters to find each other.

Happening August 2016 in downtown Oakland and in San Francisco, The Summit will explore trends in queer performing arts, define best practices in touring and connect queer performing artists with presenters from across the nation. The 4-day event will feature keynote and plenary speakers, 3 performance showcases, and a multitude of workshops, panels, and networking events.

The Summit is for:

  • Queer-identified dancers, theatre and performance artists, musicians.
  • Presenters looking to expand queer-specific performances at their performing arts venues.
  • Scholars, bloggers, academics, funders and activists interested in queer performing arts.

For more information write Manish Vaidya at:

Civil Partnerships? Queer and Feminist Curating: Conference Video Recordings (2012)

Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating at Tate Modern, London, 2012 – Part 1: Welcome and Maura Reilly, Toward a Curatorial Activism.

Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating – Part 2: Panel One, Queer Visual Strategies. FAG: Feminist Art Gallery, Toronto, Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue CAN’T/WON’T, Lisa Metherell, Queer Encounters with Art: (Dis)Orientations Beyond Representations of Sexual Bodies followed by a Q&A with FAG and Lisa Metherell chaired by Helena Reckitt.

Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating – Part 3: Panel Two, Queer Collections with Suzana Milevska, Staging the Transgression, Matt Smith, Embedding Queer into Collections, Q&A chaired by Patrik Steorn.

Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating – Part 4: Panel Three, Queer Contexts. This recording includes an introduction to final session by Emily Pringle, Michael Petry, Corporate Queers: suits, ties and pin-striped shirts. Curating in a business environment, Pawel Leskowicz, Queering the National Museum of Poland: Elke Krasny, Queering Memory: Morzinplatz, Vienna. A Q&A chaired by Emily Pringle. Closing remarks concludes the event.

Queer Art Mentorship – Call for Applications

Queer Art Mentorship – Call for Applications for the 2015-2016 Cycle

Further details about how to apply.

Queer Art Mentorship

are pairing and supporting mentorship between queer working artists in New York City. The 2015-2016 mentors are Arthur Aviles; Shannon Michael Cane; Angela Dufresne; Avram Finkelstein; Thomas Allen Harris; Silas Howard; Jaime Manrique; Stacie Passon; Sarah Schulman and Talvin Wilks.
Further details about the programme at the Queer Art Mentorship.

Related Links

New York: Queer/Art/Mentorship (video trailer, 2013)

California: Queer Comics Expo



June 20 – 21, 2015
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission St, San Francisco
11am – 5pm
The Event is Free with the Museum Entry Fee.

The Expo encourages attendees to dress up, draw, meet queer and queer friendly artists and organizations, participate in roundtable discussions, and learn about the fierce LGBTQ world of comic books.

Get updates about guests, programming, our amazing sponsors and more at

Queers & Comics – LGBT Cartoonists’ Conference in USA

Queers & Comics
LGBT Cartoonists’ Conference
May 7-8, 2015

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS)
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Keynote speakers: Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel

Queers & Comics celebrates, explores and analyzes queer cartoonists and their work. It will offer LGBT cartoonists, comics writers and artists an opportunity to share information about their craft, to document the history and significance of queer comics, and to discuss how LGBT cartoonists navigate the comics industry. – See more at: