San Francisco: National Queer Arts Festival 2015

A copy and paste ‘text collage’ with bits and pieces from QCC’s newsletter and website by Feminine Moments

The 18. National Queer Arts Festival: Connections, May 29 – June 29, 2015

Next week, we begin our nearly non-stop journey through the arts that is the 18th Annual National Queer Arts Festival!

This year’s festival theme is Connections. 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.

Our artists met the challenge of this theme in a wild variety of ways resulting in thrilling circus, readings, performances, comedy and music. I can promise you a unique experience…and some serious fun!

Pamela Peniston
Artistic Director

Queer Cultural Center

Founded in 1993, Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) is a multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of San Francisco’s LGBT community. Since 1998, QCC has organized an annual month-long National Queer Arts Festival. To date, these Festivals have presented more than 800 different events featuring over 1000 Queer artists. The festival is the largest queer arts festivals in North America.

The National Queer Arts Festival’s kick-off event: GLITTER BOMB

Each year, QCC organizes a large-scale month-long exhibition of cutting-edge queer art at SomArts Cultural Center Gallery in San Francisco that serves as the National Queer Arts Festival’s kick-off event. This annual exhibition is the largest and oldest forum for queer visual art in the U.S. For the past 17 years, the exhibition has featured 30 to 60 emerging and mid-career Queer artists’ work.

This year the exhibition GLITTER BOMB explores the idea of physical, social, political, affective and historical connections. For those who have been denied acceptance into existing social models and access to traditional political means, or for those who voluntarily reject these structures, queers have created alternative social connections as sites of political transformation or contestation.


SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St., San Francisco
The official opening party: June 4, 2015, 6:30-9pm
Exhibition: June 4 – 27
Artist/curator walk-through: June 20.
Curatorial Committee: Darius, Bost, Việt Lê, Rudy Lemcke, Matt McKinley, Jackie Francis and Pam Peniston.

Join the Queer Cultural Center and the artists for the official opening party of the National Queer Arts Festival. Dress in your finest/freakiest/most fabulous outfit and come meet Festival artists and surprise guests! Glitter Bomb explores how queers bond, connect, and create alternative models for social interaction and political transformation. The visual artists look to past models of queer social connection and dream new ways of connecting that reflect the urgency of social justice movements.