Mission + Vision

Find out what drives us to do what we do.

Our Members are all part of our community


Learn more about current and planned programs.


It’s amazing what we can do when we come together.


Charlotte has perhaps the richest, most vibrant LGBT arts scene in the Southeast. We have three choruses, a band, a theater company, dance, photography, fine art, film, history – the list just keeps getting longer and longer. Performances and exhibits by Charlotte-based cultural groups reach over 10,000 people every year and we are still growing! 


John Quillin, Convenor of Queer Arts Consortium and Artistic Director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte

our history

May 2011 – Directors from each artistic group in Charlotte came together to form what would become the Queers Arts Consortium.


August 2012 – A fully planned, non-overlapping queer arts calendar formed so that everyone would have the opportunity to see every group perform.


December 2012 – For the first time, full cross-marketing ocured at each LGBT Arts Event in Charlotte.


August 2013 - Flourish, a Celebration of LGBT Arts and Culture was presented at Charlotte Pride



John Quillin is the founding artistic director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte. John holds a BA in music theory from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, additional study at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and has over 30 years’ experience as a professional musician playing cello, guitar, and Renaissance woodwinds, singing, and conducting. He is also published composer and arranger. 

He served as the artistic director of One Voice, the Gay, Lesbian & Gay-Affirmative Chorus of Charlotte from 1994 until 2004. He has conducted on stages in Toronto, Montreal, Denver, San Jose, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Asheville, Knoxville, Columbia, and Wilmington. He produced four CD recordings with One Voice, and he contributed to numerous other commercial recordings as a studio musician.

John has extensive experience in non-profit management. He has served on a wide variety of local and national non-profit boards of directors, including the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), the Afro-American Cultural Center (now the Gantt Center) in Charlotte, Hope Haven, and the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund. He was the Director of Campaign Operations and Director of Fund Distribution for United Way of Central Carolinas, and Director of Membership and Major Giving for WFAE. He received his certification in non-profit management from United Way of America.

In 1996, John was honored with the Don King Community Service Award for his work on LGBT and HIV/AIDS issues. With One Voice co-artistic director Kathryn Mahan, John was selected to lead GALA Chorus’ first Singers’ Weekend festival chorus in 2000 in Toronto, Canada. John grew up in North Carolina, primarily in Greensboro. He lives in Charlotte with his partner of over 20 years, Rick Haffner.