Are there ways you think queer artists and art workers could be better supported?
Institutions, like gallery spaces, definitely need to start making a more sincere effort to help out queer artists of color by offering space and programming pertinent to the community. I feel that whenever an institution is organizing a show or workshop with marginalized artists, we are used as tools to convince the general public that the host institution does not lack diversity. Considering our current political climate, I am a bit more skeptical (and have been for many years) of how some institutions operate when the programs are not reflective of the communities they serve. I know of some gallery spaces in predominantly Black and Latinx neighborhoods that rarely (or never) show works by Black and Latinx artists. I also know galleries in immigrant communities that do not offer bilingual programming. What’s keeping these institutions from putting in the work? Why are they excluding members of the community from engaging with art? It’s shameful.
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