My greatest passion in life is queer and trans people of color's art activism. Unfortunately, cultural institutions that support this kind of work are few and far between, and the ones that do exist are often underresourced and short-lived. I wanted to create an archive that would document the life-changing work of artists (like Micia) I've seen perform here in the Bay Area so that future generations (and people across the country) could learn about some of the amazing things that are going in the Bay right now.
In March, I started a podcast where I interview queer and trans art activists of color about their work. The purpose is twofold. First, it helps spread awareness of the revolutionary work these folks are doing. Second, on the podcast art activists share valuable knowledge they've learned over the course of their careers about what works and what doesn't, helping today's emerging artists make informed decisions. And of course, getting to hang out with my favorite queer-lebrities and pick their brains has been an incredible experience for me personally as well. : )
Working on the podcast has been an incredibly rewarding experience, but it's also an incredible amount of work. Every week I book new guests, hold interviews, spend hours editing, and promote the podcast tirelessly all while trying to juggle several freelance gigs so I can pay the rent. I'm asking for donations so I can spend this summer making the podcast as good as it can be, and continue putting out new episodes on a consistent schedule.
- $10 will allow my to feed a queer-lebrity in exchange for their time.
- $25 will allow me to travel so I can interview artists throughout the Bay Area.
- $35 will pay for a month of podcast hosting services + Dropbox.
- $50 will allow me to pay to have interviews transcribed for deaf access.
- $100 will allow me to get editing help to improve the quality of the podcast.
So many artists have touched my life and shaped my sense of community as a queer person of color here in the Bay Area. I worry that if their work is not documented and shared, others will not be able to experience the its life-changing impact the way I did. Additionally, if these artists ever burn out and stop performing (as is sometimes known to happen), I'm worried there will be no record of the incredible influence they've had on folks here. By donating to this project, you are making an investment in keeping contemporary QTPOC art activism alive, and making it available to share nationally, globally, and with future generations.