In the arts world, marginalized experiences and perspectives are often overlooked due to under-representation.
To help tackle this problem, the University of Georgia’s LGBT Resource Center is hosting a series of events throughout spring 2021 to shine a light on queer and trans, black and indigenous people of color in the arts.
The LGBT Resource Center presents the Spotlight QTBIPOC series. These events will be held throughout the spring semester and will highlight the QTBIPOC representation:
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The QTBIPOC Spotlight Series will include nine events in five areas of the arts: visual arts, music, film and television, literature and podcasting. Events will vary between workshops and exhibitions, starting with a musical event on January 26.
LGBTRC Senior Coordinator Erin Hill, one of the series planners, said the workshops will include discussions on prominent queer and trans, black and indigenous creators in the arts, as well as related issues. to specific artistic fields and resources available to help students get involved with that particular medium.
Exhibition events will vary depending on the artistic field, from a book club for literature to a film festival for films.
The exhibition for the visual arts will be an art gallery in the LGBTRC, showcasing the work of LGBT students of color. Hill said they are working on a virtual gallery as only a limited number of people will be able to visit LGBTRC in person to attend the gallery. Submissions to the gallery, which are open until January 29, can be emailed or delivered in person to LGBTRC.
As Senior Coordinator, Hill is responsible for much of the centre’s event planning and aims to create more programs that specifically cater and welcome people of color. For those who may not have visited or used LGBTRC resources, these people may not know whether or not the center will be an inclusive place for them, Hill said.
âI saw the need for more explicitly inclusive programming, especially for queer and trans people of color,â Hill said. “That’s what I’m trying to do for this spring, is really make sure queer and trans students of color know they’re welcome here. [at the LGBTRC]. “
The series is also linked to the larger UGA programs celebrating the 60th anniversary of school desegregation. Hill said the LGBTRC had been asked to create programs for the anniversary and they wanted to develop events that would be most useful for queer and trans students of color.
The Spotlight QTBIPOC series isn’t the only LGBTRC programming focused on the intersection of race and LGBT identity. The center also hosts PRISM, a discussion group for LGBT students of color.
The other series planner is Ricky Belizaire, an LGBTRC graduate assistant who also oversees PRISM. Belizaire said the decision to create an arts-focused event series came from a desire to highlight the contributions of queer and trans people of color in areas where they have long contributed but are often overlooked.
âI think for us it was really important to bring in all these different areas, not only the music and the art scene, but also literature, film and even podcasting, and talking about these different voices that are prevalent and important, âBelizaire said. .
Hill and Belizaire have both said they hope to hold similar events in the years to come and make a series of spotlights for LGBT people of color a recurring agenda for LGBTRC.