AIRSPACE

QUEER & TRANS ARTISTS OF COLOR LEADERSHIP RESIDENCY

Movement Research with Snowflake Calvert

What does the body’s movement look and feel like to release the fascia in former Zionist Jewish bodies? This anti-Zionist movement research workshop and panel explored how Zionism and American Settler Colonialism communicates through the body. The workshop and pre-recorded panel discussion was with a small select group of Jewish academics and artists in November 2021. Snowflake guided the workshop’s self exploration of the body’s own movement. The panel discussed what came up for participants through this process, articulating answers to the workshop questions, and how this can be used as a tool for anti-colonialism in the daily lives of colonial settlers on Turtle Island (North America).

HISTORY

AIRspace was founded in1987 at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts, which was dedicated to supporting queer and trans artists of color and people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2007, after the close of the Sims Center, the program was transferred to SAFEhouse and operated as a no-frills residency for queer artists. In 2015, the program was put on hiatus for 2 years, while SAFEhouse shifted to a cooperative organizational model and secured a new facility in the Tenderloin’s newly created Transgender Cultural District.  In 2017, SAFEhouse re-launched AIRspace as a hybrid fellowship/residency, actively seeking to invest in queer artists of color in areas of equity and arts leadership.  The current members of the SAFEhouse cooperative have recognized that, while the programs have been open to all, the primary demographic of participants has been white or white-presenting artists and the few artists of color have reported a sense of isolation. It is not enough to say these programs are open to everyone and wonder why there are few folks of color participating in the organization. To that end, SAFEhouse is redesigned AIRspace in 2017 to place Queer and Trans artists of color in leadership positions.

Applications for 2022 and more information coming soon!