Queer

Arts

Flourish: A Celebration of

LGBT Arts & Culture


A "Festival within a festival", Flourish will present Charlotte's rich LGBT arts and cultural community during Charlotte Pride on August 24th and August 25th.


Where:                 Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

                              420 South Tryon Street

                              Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 

When:                  Saturday, August 24, noon to 6:00                                

                              Sunday, August 25, 3:00 to 6:00 

Admission:        Free 

Sponsor:           Bechtler Museum of Modern Art 

Producer:         Queer Arts Consortium Confirmed


Participants:      

Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte

One Voice Chorus

Charlotte Pride Band

Queen City Theater Company

Triptych Collective                      

StillOut

Gay Charlotte Film Festival

Stephanie Dykes

Joshua Burford/UNCC Multicultural Resource Center                              Additional participants will be announced as they are confirmed

“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.”

- JOHN QUILLIN, MANAGING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF CHARLOTTE & CONVENER OF QUEER ARTS CONSORTIUM                                 


“WE’RE DELIGHTED TO HELP SHOWCASE CHARLOTTE’S ACTIVE AND GROWING LGBT CULTURE AND ARTS.  WE’RE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING CHARLOTTE’S GAY COMMUNITY INTO TO THE MUSEUM.  WE’RE EVEN WAIVING ENTRY FEES SO THAT ATTENDEES OF FLOURISH CAN VIEW OUR REGULAR EXHIBITS.”  

- CHRISTOPHER LAWING, VICE PRESIDENT FOR PROGRAMMING AND RESEARCH OF THE BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART


“THE BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART IS A REMARKABLE PARTNER.  THEY’VE GOT A WORLD-CLASS FACILITY RIGHT IN THE HEART OF CHARLOTTE’S ANNUAL PRIDE CELEBRATION, AND WE HAVE ACCESS TO AMAZING FACILITIES FOR PERFORMANCE, DISPLAYING ARTWORK, AND SHOWING FILM.” – JOHN QUILLIN

                                

“WE’VE DESIGNED FLOURISH TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO DROP IN AND STAY FOR BETWEEN 15 AND 45 MINUTES.  SOMETHING DIFFERENT IS HAPPENING EVERY 30 MINUTES IN THE PERFORMANCE SPACES.”

– DAVID LARI, DIRECTOR OF STILLOUT, AND LGBT PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB.                                


“THE QUEER ARTS CONSORTIUM IS A LOOSE CONFEDERATION OF CHARLOTTE’S GAY AND LESBIAN ARTS COMMUNITY.  WE STARTED OUT JUST TO COORDINATE PERFORMANCE CALENDARS, BUT WE’VE EVOLVED TO SOMETHING MUCH MORE.  WE PROMOTE OPERATIONAL AND PERFORMANCE COLLABORATIONS, HELP ARRANGE RECIPROCAL MARKETING, AND JOINT AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT.”

- GERALD GURSS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ONE VOICE, CHARLOTTE’S LGBT MIXED CHORUS

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