The Queer Cultural Center
Creating Queer Community 2014 Grantees
October 2013 — San Francisco

About Creating Queer Community (CQC)

QCC’ began operating  “Creating Queer Community” in 2000 by awarding 5 small commissions ranging from $500 to $1500.   Since then, QCC has commissioned approximately 60 LGBT artists to create new works that authentically express our community’s diverse experiences. Over the past seven years, 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. QCC has received major grants from the Haas Foundations’ Creative Work Fund, the Gerbode Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation to expand our commissioning activities.

CQC 2014 Grantees

Alan Gutirrez
AIDS Now

A multidisciplinary exhibition that will focus on the impact of the contemporary AIDS crisis among young queer and trans folks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Celeste Chan and Kali Boyce
SPIRIT: A Century of Queer Asian-Arab-and Pacific Islander activism

A 2-day event that features an evening of performance and film, followed by a weekend day panel.

Cristina Mitra and Natalia Vigil
Still Here

A multidisciplinary performance which explores the experiences of LGBTQI individuals raised in San Francisco during the 80s and 90s and currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

India Davis and Indi McCasey
Topsy-Turvy: A Queer Circus Extravaganza

This theatrical performance exploring queer stories through circus arts expands to 3 shows and incorporates youth training and participation in 2014.

Seth Eisen/Eye Zen Presents
Homo File: Chronicling the life of Samuel Steward

This evening-length multidisciplinary performance piece chronicles the iconoclastic life of Samuel Steward (1909-1993), a college professor, a prolific author of homoerotic fiction, an influential tattoo artist, and a Queer sexual rebel.

Shawna Virago
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival

The 12th San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) will explore transgender embodiment and wellness through new films.

Osa Hidalgo de la Riva and Lola de la Riva
Turning Poison Into Medicine

A premiere rough-cut video screening of a feature documentary that tells the stories of SF Bay Area Queer Latino/as who are living with or have died of SIDA/AIDS during the years 1988 to the present.

Nomy Lamm
515 Clues: A Kabbalistic Collabaret

A multi-media performance event based on a novel-in-process by Nomy Lamm that articulates a body politic based in experiences of trauma and transformation.

Mangos with Chili/ Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Cherry Galette
Blood Memory

A queer and trans people of color multigenre performance exploring ritualized, underdocumented moments in queer and trans Black, Indigenous and People of Color's bodies and autohistoria.

Peacock Rebellion/ Manish Vaidya
Brouhaha: A Two Spirit, Trans and Queer People of Color Comedy Corps

An activist stand-up comedy training series and showcase taught by Micia Mosely.

Emily Park/ ethaerial arts
Love is Queer! The Gay American Songbook: a circus-theater-cabaret

This multi-disciplinary performance will present a queer perspective on the theme of love as a universal human emotion, explored theatrically through the fusion of contemporary circus and song.

Fallon Young and Alex Lannon
Second Helpings

A visual art show and evening of multidisciplinary performance that explores fat, queer embodiment.

Lex Non Scripta
Passage & Place

An interactive, multimedia visual arts exhibition and evening of performance, panel discussion, and corresponding print project exploring the intersections of our individual & collective relationship to borders, language, movement & migration, confinement and freedom.

Blyth Barnow and Elizabeth "Oscar" Maynard
Intersecting Madness

A one night performance, visual and video arts showcase exploring issues of mental health and madness in a Queer context. The event will attract an audience of 175 people and funds will be used to contribute to artist’s stipends, curatorial stipends, venue rental and marketing.

Zeph Fishlyn
Baggage

A hybrid of sculpture, visual art, and street performance that will explore queer migration and displacement through the metaphor of home, furnishings on the move.

Juliana Delgado
Cuéntamelo! (Tell me about it!)

A publication and reading of Cuéntamelo, a bilingual presentation of ten oral histories (and illustrations) from San Francisco’s Queer Spanish-speaking immigrant population.

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene
For Sizakele: A Literary Performance

A literary performance of an excerpt of the forthcoming novel as well as a Q&A and discussion of her book and performance.

Maya Chinchilla
The Cha Cha Files

A performance and book release of the poetry of Maya Chinchilla published by Korima Press.

Lisa Ganser
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities: A Sexperimental Film and Video Screening

An experimental sexplicit collection of short film and video works that explore sensuality, intimacy, safety and consent through the lens of the less-represented. 

Irina Contreras
We are not sleeping:  the queer body in duration

An exhibition utilizing performance and performance-based video to explore the ways in which artists are currently performing (de)colonized identities.

Jesselito Bie/ STEAMROLLER Dance Company
Drift/Sway

An evening length dance theater work based on the writings of noted artist and writer David Wojnarowicz’s Memories That Smell Like Gasoline to explore the collision of LGBT culture with the mainstream culture.

Crystal Azul and Gr Keer
Self Portraits by Queer Youth

An exhibition of 20 works curated by Crystal Azul and Gr Keer that will explore how queer youth navigate their identities through self-portraiture.

Noelle Duncan
Queer Prophesies

A multidisciplinary performance piece and installation that will create a platform exploring queer visions of the future.