The Pride Foundation has our back!

In the most exciting news of the QTM story, we have received our first grant! The Pride Foundation has awarded QTM and MOHAI funds to support the development of the Queer History Exhibition!

We are so grateful for the efforts of MOHAI ‘s advancement department and the trust of the Pride Foundation!

Thank you!

We have finalized our CAC!

QTM is pleased to announce that we are working with so many amazing community groups that our chest space is continually seizing. We have a variety of expertise, creativity and passion on this project including:

Entre Hermanos

 #1 Must Have Zine

The Rainbow Center Tacoma

Northwest Gay and Lesbian History Museum Project

Split Six Productions

Queer Social Club

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change

Queer Youth Space

Lily Divine Production

If you are interested in joining the CAC, we want you! Email

Check out this blog post from The Incluseum!

The Incluseum, simply put is working to encourage social inclusion in museums and so are we. The Incluseum  asked for a post about the work we have been doing with QTM. Without a second though we did it. This post lays out the next year of QTM projects, Queer is here and in our Museums.


A Seattle Digital Storytelling Project

One element of my PhD dissertation work will be a Seattle-based Digital Storytelling Project. I am excited about this model of collecting individual histories because it gives so much of the content ownership to the person whose story is being told.
This summer, I am working with Erin to create a Community Advisory Committee that will help us select 10 individuals for participation. In February, those 10 local LGBTQ individuals will participate in a 3 Day workshop where they will be led through the process of reflecting on their own lives and selecting one story to tell. Participants will actually record their own narration, provide photos and music and be guided through the editing process to create a 2 to 3 minute video. The videos will be screened for the first time at the Queering the History Museum Symposium in May 2013!
This project is intended to add to the historical record and preserve the narratives of LGBTQ peoples, peoples whose stories are often left out.
Contact us if you want to know more about the project, or how you can help!

Qt(A)M came and went…what’s next?

So the Queering the Art Museum symposium came and went in a flash. We worked hard, got all the loose ends tied up and now we are pushing into the next project. We are focusing on creating our community advisory committee for the Queering the History Museum project. Our CAC will help us connect with resources, share ideas and provide experiences. Connecting with the community drives our passion and we look forward to your support for the future of QTM.

If you know someone or group that is ideal for our CAC don’t be shy!

QT(A)M Is Almost Here!

Erin and I are so excited that Queering the (Art) Museum is almost here!  We were at The Space this weekend hanging the art for Hide//See//Difference//Desire//NW.  Wow!  We are so lucky to be including the work of many talented local artists.  This is a show you will want to see.  Happily, the show will be on display through the end of July, thanks to a partnership with The Space and The Rainbow Center.

Please come out and support the events this weekend.  We have an exciting range of activities including art talks, panel discussions, art tours and a big queer party!  Bring your friends.

Event details here:

See you there!


Hide//Seek//Difference//Desire//Northwest is a local response to the Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture now open at the Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibit features 19 Northwest Artists exploring the same themes as Hide/Seek including same sex desire, community and portraiture.

Over 19 artists featured in the exhibition include Holly Senn, Amy Ryken, Rafael Soldi, Sabina Sun, Julia Barbee, Erin Oly, T-Town Transgender Neighbors, Clyde Petersen, Sharon Styer, Cody Blomberg, Leigh Riibe, Ric Hall/Ron Schmitt, Abby Lazerow, Steffen Minner, #1 Must Have Zine, Rebecca Maxim, Zephyr Elise, Lauren Faulkner.

Hide//Seek//Difference//Desire//Northwest opening reception May 12 at 7:30 pm. The exhibit will open at The Space Tacoma, with a reception featuring performances by Tender Forever.

The exhibit will be open from May 12, 2012 – July, 30 2012.

Email with any questions.

Queering the (Art) Museum

Queering the Museum’s first event is almost here!  We are so excited for the line up of events!

Friday evening, May 11th, features keynote presentations from Jonathan Katz, co-curator of Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, Rock Hushka and Stephanie Stebich from the Tacoma Art Museum, where Hide/Seek is currently on display.

On Saturday, a panel will discuss the state of queer in museums in what promises to be a lively conversation titled “Where Do We Go from Here?”

Then Katz will lead a tour of Hide/Seek at the Tacoma Art Museum

The day concludes with the opening of local queer art show Hide/Seek/Difference//Desire//NW and a fabulous free party featuring the music of Tender Forever at The Space in Tacoma.

More details here. Reserve your tickets here.

See you there!

Give us a Kick Start!

Update: We met our fundraising goal!  Thank you to all who supported our effort.

Be sure and join us at Queering the (Art) Museum on May 11th and 12th.  Register in advance at

Original Post: With Queering the (Art) Museum just around the corner, we are in a final fund raising push. We only need a few hundred dollars to make our goal.  Check our kickstarter page:  Support us if you can and share the link with your networks.  Together, we are creating space for change!

We’re Here, We’re Queer, We Love Museums

We are so excited to launch this passion project.  Our very first event is happening in a few short weeks.  Read about Queering the (Art) Museum here:

And we are thrilled to announce that we have reached an agreement with Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry for a Queering the (History) Museum project in 2013!  Watch this space for more details.  We hope that these projects will gather community momentum to ensure a continuous presence of queer people, queer ideas and queer representations in museums, far and wide.

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