SOMArts has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
If you too are participating in #GivingTuesday, we ask that you consider supporting SOMArts’ program The News, which—coincidentally?—has occurred on the first Tuesday of each month for almost four years, creating an unparalleled performance space for queer artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and, in the process, featuring over 250 performers and 35 curators. And the shows are entirely free!
The News is a consistent place for queer performance makers to take risks and try new things; a place where a more seasoned performer can show a work in progress, or a performer can take the stage with audiovisual and stagehand support, maybe for the first time; a place where within a few months’—or sometimes weeks’—notice, an artist can be onstage. Perhaps most importantly, The News is a place for artists and audiences to share unabashedly political, vulnerable, sexual or otherwise challenging new, queer work.
Recent curatorial themes and performances have addressed black queer identity, mental health, transgender experience, ancestry and belonging, colonialism, and humor as a strategy for dealing with trauma. In addition to the curatorial process, each show includes a “wild card” spot for which the public is encouraged to apply.
Help keep this unique space affordable and accessible to all, while participating in a global movement to shift our awareness from supporting big economy to supporting our communities and the people and organizations who inspire collaboration and collaborative risk-taking. You can make a donation to SOMArts here, and you can come by and enjoy The News firsthand on December 1st, and on every first Tuesday thereafter.
Images: The News: A Queer Energy Cauldron, guest curated by SALTA, photo by Claire Stacy; The News: To Thine Own Clown Be True, guest curated by David Villegas, photo by Carli Choi