Interviews with Queer Artists of Color

Please help me publish a book of my interviews with queer and transgender artists of color.
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Nia King
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Short Summary

  • My name is Nia King and I am a queer, mixed-race art activist.
  • In March, I started a podcast (called We Want the Airwaves) where I interview queer and transgender artists of color about how they got where they are in their careers. The idea was to inform and inspire up-and-coming artists using art as a tool for social change.
  • Now I am working on turning the interview transcriptions into a book, e-book, and zine. Please help me make this collection of funny, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching stories available to the masses. Artists featured include poet Ryka Aoki, illustrator Julio Salgado, and burlesque performer Magnoliah Black!

What I Need & What You Get

This summer I've been working on the podcast 20-40 hours a week. I'm looking at different ways of monetizing the podcast to make it financially sustainable moving forward. In the meantime, I'm running this indiegogo campaign so I can:

  • Break even for the out-of-pocket expenses of running the podcast,
  • Pay the people that are helping me transcribe and edit the interviews, and
  • Publish a book of the interviews, so that even if I do burn out, there will be evidence of all the hard work I have done for the past six months.

In exchange for your support, there are a number of perks you can claim including:

  • an exclusive autographed hardcover edition of the book,
  • exclusive behind-the-scenes audio content,
  • and advice on how to increase your own visibility as an art activist.

The Impact

When I wrote my thesis on QTPOC (queer and trans people of color's) art activism in 2010, there were very few books about it. The librarian even suggested I might have better luck searching terms like "homosexual" and "Negro" rather than "queer" and "people of color." I'd like to change that. The purpose of this project is three-fold.

  • Archive the stories of queer and trans artists of color so they are not forgotten.
  • Make those stories available to future scholars interested in QTPOC art activism.
  • Spread the message that art is activism, and that queer and trans people of color's stories matter!

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Download the podcast here or on iTunes.
  • Leave a comment here (moral support goes a long way) or leave a nice review on iTunes.
  • Share the podcast with your friends (using the Twitter or FB buttons here).
  • After you've listened to the podcast, take this quick survey.
  • Buy the zine/e-book/print book when they come out this fall.

Thank you to everyone who has supported to podcast thus far, all the guests, listeners, donors, re-tweeters, and transcribers. I couldn’t have gotten this far without all of your support. <3

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Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Hand-written thank you card

    A thank you card with a hand-written message from me!

    4 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $10USD
    Zines of inspirational quotes

    It turns out "inspirational" doesn't have to mean "schmaltzy." This zine of the best parts of each interview seeks to uplift and inspire.

    25 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $20USD
    E-book or PDF

    An eco-friendly version of the podcast transcriptions for those who prefer to consume information with their eyes rather than their ears.

    10 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $30USD
    Face time

    Thirty minute Skype conversation about art, activism, or whatever else is on your mind.

    2 claimed
  • $40USD
    the dirt

    Exclusive behind-the-scenes audio content. Find out which interviews took unexpected turns!

    1 claimed
  • $50USD
    Limited edition hardcover

    This hardcover version of the book will ONLY be available to indiegogo donors, and will be autographed and inscribed by me.

    19 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $100USD
    Art activism advice

    One hour Skype consultation on how to build your career as an art activist, with a focus on how to market your work and reach a wider audience

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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