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The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing Queer and Trans artists, age 18 to 26, free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the larger community can glimpse our collective future.

Alan Guttirez Bayard Rustin
Alan Guttirez, Bayard Rustin

Eva Ovale Jose Sarria
Eva Ovale, Jose Sarria

Anna Robinson Zora Neale Hurston
Anna Robinson, Zora Neale Hurston

The LGBTQI community has a limited visual record, or none at all, of significant Queer events before the 1970s, particularly in the histories of Queers of color and transgender people.  This lack of imagery makes it harder for LGBTQI people to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by our history. Just as photographs from your early life help to anchor personal memories, a visual record – even an imagined one – can bring historical events to life, creating the kind of indelible connection that enables us to engage deeply with our ancestors.

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 Joan Chen James Baldwin
Joan Chen, James Baldwin

Amman Desai Nina Simone
Amman Desai, Nina Simone

Justin Justime Harry Hay
Justin Justime, Harry Hay

The Queer Ancestors Project Exhibition: Prints by Queer & Trans Emerging Artists 

Thursday January 18, 2018    7:30-10 pm   Artist Reception & Print Sale
Saturday May 19, 2018    7:30-10 pm  Closing Reception & Readings by QAP Writes!
STRUT 470 Castro Street SF

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Bení Alí Ávalos, jorge mata flores, Cedar Kirwin, Yonit Mordechai Moerman, Ben Panico, Shannon Prasad, Tavi Taos, Princesa Venegas, and Jai Lei Yee, with artistic director Katie Gilmartin

Come WRITE with the Queer Ancestors Project!

Do you want to explore queer/trans history? Do you need time, space, and community to support your writing? Do you want to read and learn from artists and activists such as Audre Lourde, James Baldwin, Cherrie Moraga, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, Leslie Feinberg, Justin Chin – and more? 

We invite you to a series of FREE classes, open to writers and aspiring artists ages 18-24
Classes run January 20th to June 11th, 2018 

Here’s the application
Cohort 1: Mondays 6-9pm at SOMArts
Cohort 2: Saturday 2-5 at SFPL Main Library
Optional drop-in – bring homework or writing projects!
Wednesdays 5-7pm at SFPL Hormel Center
All events: Bring a friend & win a book!

Questions? Email Teaching Artist Celeste Chan: diy.queer.arts@gmail.com

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This program is generously supported by The San Francisco Arts Commission, The SFAC’s Writers Corps Teaching Artist in Residence Program, The California Arts Council, Horizons Foundation, SOMArts, The San Francisco LGBT Center, The Queer Cultural Center, Chrysalis Studio, The Zellerbach Foundation, STRUT, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.


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