WHO WE ARE
The EAST BAY LGBTQ+ HEALING ARTS CENTER aka The QUEER ARTS CENTER is a grassroots, interdisciplinary collaborative of Oakland, California based Black, Indigenous + Brown LGBTQ+ identified artists and wellness practitioners serving a global community. We are diverse across gender, sexual orientation, and relationship spectrums as well as ancestral heritage and spiritual orientations. All are rooted in healing-justice values and maintain adherence to professional standards by continually expanding inquiry into our respective fields of practice.
To offer creative opportunities for health equity through culturally competent, financially accessible, interdisciplinary art innovation and through marginalized LGBTQIA rights advocacy; and, to promote the well-being of the QTPOC artist community.
Oakland is home to one of the most innovative + respected queer arts communities in the world.We are also home to one of the nation's largest groups per capita of disenfranchised LGBTQ+ artists. Founded by Spectrum Queer Media (a QTPOC led organization est. 2009), The East Bay LGBTQ+ Healing Arts Center (est. in 2020) and led by Black Queer + Black Trans artists and healers, offers Oakland's LGBTQ+ artists of all ethnicities + all areas of creative genius (dance, visual art, music, film, sculptural art, theater, spoken word, literature, zines, etc.) a safe place to heal, build + support their art throughout the year.
By partnering with supportive Bay Area artists, wellness practitioners, health organizations and art agencies, over the past 11 years, Spectrum Queer Media has been able to provide life-sustaining services to over 25,000 Queer, gender nonconforming, lesbian, bisexual, gay, intersex, asexual and trans-identified people - especially artists, performers, healers, and families with children. Located within Oakland's historic Grand Lake neighborhood, The East Bay LGBTQ+ Healing Arts Center offers art workshops, job training, professional development opportunities + collective self-care classes
The East Bay LGBTQ+ Arts Center's Main Room has the capacity to host community gatherings and are currently available to book events (up to 85 people). The separate QTea Room (12 feet x 13 feet) offers by appointment space for medicinal tea sessions and is available for lease for wellness practitioners to schedule time with their clients.
The Miss Major Griffin-Gracy Art Gallery, co-curated by Janetta Johnson (TGIJP Exec. Director), Kin Folkz (TGIJP Board Member), and Guerrilla Davis (We Are The Ones) - showcases art from a diverse group of artists from all ethnicities - and also prioritizes Black QT artists.
Most importantly, The East Bay LGBTQ+ Healing Arts Center is also where we maintain The Black Trans Legacy Archive and East Bay LGBTQ+ Digital Archives honoring both well-known + unsung East Bay LGBTQ+ community members. The Center houses both a digital recording and a viewing booth for anyone who would like to record or recall our East Bay LGBTQ+ history, our Oakland LGBTQ+ heritage + contribute to our legacy as a commUNITY.