What is Queer Art Impact?
Queer Art Impact (QAI) explores the conversation between politics, art and action. The New York City-based initiative is intended to bring together individuals and organizations who self-identify their body of work as queer. By supporting artists whose works challenge the hetero-normative, QAI seeks to embrace queerness and create opportunities for all artists – living in the political and social fringe – to move to the center.
QAI is about action and re-action . It’s the motivation to do something and to speak out . This action/reaction takes the form of art, politic gesture, youth engagement, community movement, education, and business training with/by/for queers.
QAI features performances, cabarets, parties, panel discussions and networking events that occur throughout the year, culminating in an annual spring festival where QAI commissioned works are premiered. Subsequent discourse catapults the community into a Summer of Inspired Pride — S.I.P. – a Rooftop WrrkQ P(art)y on the regs!
We accept applications on an ongoing basis, and are especially looking for those who want to build on-going communications with their fellow queers. Upon receipt and approval of materials, the artist will be included on our website, provided access to www.wrrkq.com (coming soon), and may be curated and/or commissioned for QAI events throughout the year.
QAI welcomes partnerships and shared programming proposals from educators, community organizers, and other arts entities.
What is WrrkQ?
WrrkQ is about sharing resources, creating opportunities, developing collaborative relationships, keeping communications open, and providing a physical & virtual space to meet individuals who share the same motivation for their queer agendas. But, it’s also about the business side too — having your needs met and understanding the systems that need to be in place to make the wrrkq happen.
WrrkQ includes a monthly gathering hosted by a QAI artist and a quarterly newsletter on relevant artist resources for the queer community. Stay tuned for more information about www.wrrkq.com .
Queer Art Impact Resources
To stay abreast of queer resources, click the QAI Resource Guide:
Connect with QAI on Facebook and keep your social streams as open as you
Twitter hastag #wrrkq and follow @queerai
“A Cocktail of Glamour and Anarchy”
Monday, February 14th, 2011 @ 9:30pm
354 West 45th Street, New York City
A fun-filled musical odyssey with Rumi Missabu of the fabulous Cockettes
co-hosted by Warhol Superstar Agosto Machado
with special guests from the New York Underground hip elite including:
& directly from Paris, French dance sensation Francois Chaignaud
This just in…Glam-rock wearable art designer Bill Bowers who has dressed everyone from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to the New York Dolls to Alice Cooper will present his incredible new collection
Additional performers TBA
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