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Since its inception in 1995, Gay City has promoted the holistic health of our community through innovative programs and approaches. Increasingly in recent years this has included partnering with queer artists to engage LGBTQ communities through a variety of disciplines as a means of building community and promoting our collective wellness. Our growing involvement in the arts has led to the formation of Gay City Arts.

Art is the voice, spirit and conscience of every community and is a vital tool for community reflection, dialogue and pride. Through Gay City Arts, Gay City collaborates with local LGBTQ artists to galvanize an audience for queer arts, foster the development of LGBTQ artists and works, and facilitate artistic excellence that is accessible. Gay City Arts is committed to presenting challenging, dynamic and excellent queer art across a wide range of disciplines, including theater, music, dance, film, spoken word, literary and visual arts.

About Calamus Auditorium

The Calamus Auditorium at Gay City aims to be a premiere organizing center and performance and exhibition space for Seattle’s queer arts community. The Calamus Auditorium is an intimate performance venue (maximum capacity 75), fully equipped with lighting, sound and audio/visual equipment. Located in Seattle’s Pike/Pine corridor on Capitol Hill, the Calamus Auditorium is conveniently located near downtown Seattle and centered near the hub of Seattle’s most dynamic arts district. For rental information, please see our Calamus Auditorium Rental page, or contact afrose@gaycity.org

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GAY CITY ARTS SEASON 5: RESISTANCE

September 2017 - May 2018

In these frightening times, many of us find ourselves under attack — because we are trans or nonbinary, and laws are being written about where we are allowed; because we are LGBTQ and shamed for how we love and experience desire; because we live with disabilities and our bodies refuse to submit to the demands of capitalism; because we are black and indigenous and brown and we live in fear of violence from the police; because we aren’t the shapes or sizes named desirable; because we are undocumented and are called illegal in this state; because we are trans and cis women still fighting for the right to make choices about our own bodies.

 

The resistance against our current administration is beautiful, multifaceted and strong. Gay City Arts is thrilled to have the opportunity to rise to meet it, to be part of a new movement growing defiantly up out of the center of what has been cut down. The joy we feel to be part of the swell is why the theme of Gay City Arts Season Five is: RESISTANCE!

Gay City Arts Season 4: Uncontained

Every day we face boundaries. We’re told we don’t belong because of the way we look, the way we act, or the way we sound. We’re told who we’re allowed to love and who we’re allowed to be. But we’re so much more than the constraints society smothers us with. We’re big, we’re bold, and we’re free. We’re UNCONTAINED.

Gay City Arts proudly presents our 4th performing arts season, UNCONTAINED. Gay City Arts Season Four runs from September 2016 through May 2017, and features some of the best of Seattle’s queer performing arts, including comedy, music, theater, and burlesque!

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Want to see what Gay City Arts is about? You can check out the latest issue of our Gay City Arts Monthly e-zine, featuring info about all of Gay City Arts upcoming programming and events.

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