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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

Proudly Supporting Queer Arts

Get Mad!
Variety Show | Kayla Rosen
October 19 - 22
ASL INTERPRETATION WILL BE AVAILABLE, ONLY ON OCT 21

Madness is a complicated, ever-shifting identity, at times coercively assigned to those of us whose minds and ways of being defy the norms, and at other times proudly (re)claimed for ourselves. Madness can come as a breaking point when we’ve endured too much trauma, but that same rupture can liberate us into new possibilities. Get Mad! celebrates madness in all its complexity through spoken word, performance art, film, and trans-media magic. Featuring performances by Kayla Rosen, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, billie rain, Vita B, and Jess Horn, and co-hosted by Anastacia-Renee.

A Certain Type of Brilliance
A Femme Showcase | Liz Cruz
November 9 - 12

Femmes possess an alchemy that can’t be quantified, but which draws us together and enables us to be bold, ingenious, and capable of a magic that fortifies our own hearts and the soul of the community around us.

A Certain Type of Brilliance is a celebration of femmes’ ability to pull amazing things out of thin air, to create on a dime, to use our vulnerability and creativity as our greatest assets in resistance to oppression.

A Certain Type of Brilliance will feature a unique cast each night; performers will create a new piece of work in the 24 hours prior to the show in response to one of a series of prompts, drawing on themes of resistance, resilience, femme identity & power.

Gay City Arts Monthly

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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