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Mentorship program for queer artists launched

Filmmaker Ira Sachs has launched Queer/Art/Mentorship (QAM), which is being promoted as the first fellowship program of its kind devoted to supporting emerging queer artists.

1 October 2011

Sachs founded Q/A/M after identifying a need for intergenerational relationships in the gay community, possibly a result of the AIDS epidemic nearly 30 years ago, and a recognition that what constitutes a sustainable career now for queer artists is different to how it was in the 1980s.

The program brings together emerging talents working across five disciplines with acclaimed artists for year-long creative and professional support. The Fellows will develop and present their projects in New York City at the end of the year.

The award-winning mentors who have agreed to nurture and counsel the emerging talents in the 2011-2012 year are performers Justin Vivian Bond, John Kelly, and Everett Quinton; visual artists Angela Dufresne, Nicole Eisenman, Louise Fishman, and Deborah Kass; filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Jennie Livingston, and Matt Wolf; Curator Jonathan David Katz; and writers Hilton Als, Sarah Schulman, Pamela Sneed, and Stacy Szymaszek.

Sachs, with writer and Pilobulous Co-Executive Director Lily Binns have created Queer/Art/Mentorship as an extension of Queer/Art/Film, the ongoing arts series based at the IFC Center in New York that Sachs founded with filmmaker Adam Baran.

“Given the lack of support for queer content in mass media, the absence of mentors from the generation most strongly affected by AIDS, and the dearth of examples of sustainable alternative careers, we were inspired to create a new program that strengthens the relationships within our overlapping arts and queer communities,” said Binns.

“For 10 years I didn’t make work with specific queer content,” Sachs adds. “And I am fully aware that on some level the lack of any institutional and economic support for queer art work had a significant effect on those choices. My hope is that Queer/Art/Mentorship can provide an on-going ballast against those inhibiting cultural forces by providing a structure for the encouragement of queer artists and their work.”

For more on the program, visit the newly launched website queerartmentorship.org.

Source: Queer Arts Mentorship.

 

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