"Designed to include performances, workshops, pop-up concerts and various other arts events; Converging Crossroads is the intersection of arts, society and identity."
LGBT arts in South Florida will be the focus of a new, two-year initiative called, Converging Crossroads. This collaborative effort brings together three of the state's leading LGBT cultural organizations for creative programming that builds audiences and visibility for LGBT arts. The program is being funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as one of the winners of the 2015 Knights Arts Challenge.
Designed to include performances, workshops, pop-up concerts and various other arts events; Converging Crossroads is the intersection of arts, society and identity.
"We couldn't be more honored to work with such esteemed partners as Stonewall National Museum & Archives and Island City Stage," comments the Chorus's Executive Director, Mark Kent. "We know LGBT artists contribute substantially to the overall cultural fabric of South Florida. Thanks to the generosity of Knight Foundation, we can bring those contributions to the forefront of the region's cultural identity and celebrate them."
Converging Crossroads programming begins in the 2016-2017 season and continues the following year. The initiative focuses on work by the three collaborative partners while also seeking ways to shed light on the many other LGBT arts organizations in the region. Knight Foundation has awarded the Chorus $40,000 in matching funds to launch the innovative concept. "We are certainly looking for other visionary funders to join Knight Foundation in building the future of LGBT arts in South Florida."
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org
Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida is the largest gay men's chorus in the Southeast and features a 150+ men who deliver on a passionate mission to inspire through song. More information, visit www.gmcsf.org
Stonewall National Museum & Archives promotes understanding through preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in American Society. www.stonewall-museum.org
Island City Stage is a multi-award winning professional theater that specializes in developing new work in addition to featuring the works of playwrights who expose audiences to different voices and experiences. www.islandcitystage.org
The original rainbow flag, called the Freedom Flag, was devised by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The design has undergone several revisions since its debut with 8 colored stripes, and today the most common variant consists of 6 stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the 8 colors.