FIERCE Launches Queer Pier, 40 Years Website
Community FYIs | Friday March 30, 2012 6:19
FIERCE is excited to announce the launch of a special website commemorating our Queer Pier, 40 Years Art & Cultural History project http://www.queerpier40years.org
Website features first-ever digital chronological timeline of FIERCE’s history from 2000-2010, complete with rarely seen photos and videos.
Launched to coincide with FIERCE’s 10th Anniversary, Queer Pier, 40 Years was an arts-based initiative connecting LGBTQ youth of color and queer artists in documenting our communities’ histories, cultures and future visions for queer liberation through arts and media. The project was an incredibly rich experience that provided new avenues of exploration and insight into FIERCE’s history and the broader history of LGBTQ movement building in NYC and beyond. Last year, FIERCE wrapped up the project with creative and educational workshops led by inspiring queer and trans artists of color and a youth-led Journey to the Past event with current FIERCE members and alumni.
Throughout the process, FIERCE built new relationships with LGBTQ artists, archivists, media-makers and organizers. Together, we hosted community events and coordinated amazing art projects with artists such as Randal Wilcox from the Alvin Baltrop Trust, Parallel Lines, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Victor Tobar & Kay Barrett. And, thanks to the support from NYU Fales Library and Special Collections, we started building FIERCE’s archive and are exploring more ways to share our history with others.
View complete details of the project at www.queerpier40years.org!
As FIERCE continues to move into the next decade of LGBTQ youth of color-led organizing, we remain committed to fostering powerful community building that is rooted in the stories, work, struggles and celebrations of our past, while encouraging revolutionary, fabulous, and fierce visions for the future.
FIERCE with Bob Kohler & Sylvia Rivera.
(from FIERCE archive, copyright FIERCE)
Queer Pier, 40 Years was conceived and organized by FIERCE’s Art Crew, a group of FIERCE members, board, and staff, along with artists, activists, educators, allies and cultural workers.
FIERCE sends a special thank you to members of the Art Crew, our allies and supporters for dedicating your time, energy, work and ideas to this project. Thanks also to Shawn Salgado for designing a beautiful website commemorating the Queer Pier, 40 Years project and providing a means for us to share this important work with others. A special thank you to the Documentary and Photography Project of the Open Society Foundations and the Arcus Foundation for providing funding for this project.