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 offering 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.
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.
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
Cedar Kirwin, “Queer Heroes”
For Info on the Current Free QAP Writing Workshop, go Here!
The Next Free QAP Printmaking Project Workshop will happen in Fall of 2018. Please come back Here in June for the application!
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This activity is generously supported by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, as well as The San Francisco Arts Commission, SOMArts, The San Francisco LGBT Center, The Queer Cultural Center, Chrysalis Studio, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Rainbow Grocery Foundation, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.