The Queer Cultural Center is a multiracial, community-building organization that fosters LGBT artistic, economic, and cultural development. The Center commissions and presents culturally diverse queer artists and arts organizations. Its marquee event is the annual, month-long National Queer Arts Festival, which has been taking place for more 20 years. Each year, the festival presents more than 40 art events in San Francisco and the East Bay. The organization also supports LGBT artists with fiscal sponsorships, grants, and capacity building workshops.
About the Grantee
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
The Queer Cultural Center, based in San Francisco, is a mecca for multiracial queer arts and culture in the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to its celebrated month long National Queer Arts Festival, the organization’s presenting, commissioning, artist services, website, and educational programs annually reach audiences of more than 80,000. During the grant period leadership would focus on building cash reserves, developing a strategic plan that includes leadership succession planning, and continuing to build programs that support the economic and artistic development of the LGBT arts community.
for the 2021 50 Arts Commissions for folk and traditional arts
In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support the Queer Cultural Center in commissioning, developing, and presenting the “Eyoomkuuka’ro Kokomaar,” (We Paddle Together) by tribal scholar, writer, master canoe builder, and indigenous language activist L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachemen/Rarámuri). Working closely with collaborating artists, scholars, and culture keepers, the lead artist will co-create a ritual process with songs, poems, and dance for the creation and public ceremonial launching of a ti’aat plank canoe in the San Francisco Bay.