AS220 Queer Arts Fest! This week leading up to RI Pride

AS220 Queer Arts Fest! This week leading up to RI Pride

AS220 Queer Arts Fest (QAF) is a focused week of programming (June 10-17, 2018) by and for the wildly diverse LQBTQAI community of artists, creatives, and residents of Providence and beyond.  QAF is an alternative festival that occurs during the week of RI Pride; it provides opportunity for LGBTQAI members of our community to celebrate identity and engage in, present, and create art that speaks to issues that affect our day to day lives.

QAF serves as an alternative RI Pride event, providing ‘brave space’ for young people to be present during Pride, creating intergenerational and intersectional opportunities that encourage dialogue between community members, expand conversations about queer identity, and give space to up-and-coming artists who represent new queer aesthetics in visual art, performance, and music. Each year, QAF events include a variety of programming, engaging artists of all mediums and diverse identities, performances, educational workshops and conversations, film screenings, community forums, dance parties, and more.


Queer Arts Festival 2018 Schedule
All events are FREE

Sunday, June 10
A Matter of Pride Vol. 3: LGBTQ Wrestling
7PM, AS220 Black Box Theatre- 95 Empire Street

Thursday, June 14
Consent Within LGBTQAI Communities: A Talk by Kyle Kruger and the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
5PM at AS220 Black Box – 95 Empire Street

Film Screening: Major!
More info at
8PM, AS220 Black Box Theatre- 95 Empire Street

Friday, June 15
Queer Arts Fest Reception
5-7PM, AS220 Main Stage- 115 Empire Street

Queer Trans Zine Fest (QTZ) Reading
6-8PM, New Urban Arts- 705 Westminster Street

Viva! A Queer Latinx Cabaret featuring queen La Kia Mondale from Boston,  local theater-maker Saul Ramos, and AS220 QAF artist-in-residence Arturo Herrera (Performance artist from Detroit)
8PM, AS220 Black Box Theatre- 95 Empire Street

Saturday, June 16
Queer Trans Zine Fest (QTZ)
11AM-4PM, AS220 Main Stage and Black Box- 95 & 115 Empire Street

BlueAzul Presents: The QAF All Ages Day Party
4-9PM, 233 Westminster, 02903

Renowned musician Melissa Ferrick performs at AS220!
5-6PM, AS220 Main Stage- 115 Empire Street

(Be)longing, performances by 10+ local artists
5-7PM, AS220 Black Box Theatre- 95 Empire Street

Dance party with headliners: Papi Juice (NYC) & DJ Manu Miran (Boston)
9PM-12AM, AS220 Main Stage- 115 Empire Street

AS220 is grateful to the City of Providence Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism, and Brown University for providing support to the 2018 QAF festival!
Thank you to the following departments and centers at Brown who contributed to the festival this year: The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Swearer Center for Public Service,  as well as the Departments of American Studies, English, Theater and Performance Studies, Modern Culture and Media and the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies.
And a BIG thank you to the QAF committee members: Angel Torres, Chris Lee, Micah Salkind, Tycho Horan,Ronald Lewis, Ronia “Blue Azul” Peguero, Veronica Cintron, Seth Tourjee, Shey Rivera, Saul Ramos, Lo Smith, and Chris Dalpe.
And thank you to illustrator/designer Beatrix Urkowitz for creating this year’s QAF poster. Poster printed at AS220 Industries/Printshop by Jacque Bidon.

Papi Juice (NYC)


La Kia Mondale (Boston)

La Kia Mondale
Arturo Herrera

Saul Ramos (Providence)

Saul Ramos

Melissa Ferrick (Boston)


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