By Susan Payne
Join the LGBTQ Center Long Beach this Friday for its latest Do Say Gay art workshop that explores historical queer artists and their work led by local artist Lucas Gordon.
Each week in May, Gordon taught LGBTQ+ older adults historical lessons about queer artists, giving participants a chance to learn and create art that falls outside the classical, heteronormative canon as an opportunity for representation, personal storytelling and advocacy for social justice.
Art is guided by the creation of “Identity Inventories” to help focus on the importance of art and the theme “Art Where You Are”, in collaboration with Why We Rise LA and the Long Beach Arts Council.
“It’s important to talk about representation and bring LGBTQ+ people together and look back at what artists have created and our roots, because our community makes a difference. For what we are going through right now nationally, it is important to come together, support each other and express ourselves through art,” said Valentina D’Allessandro, program manager at the Center of Long Beach.
So far, the DO SAY GAY workshops have been popular, so the Center is accepting RSVPs for this Friday’s workshop, D’Allessandro said. The class can accommodate up to 25 participants.
Final projects will be posted on Fourth Fridays on Retro Row.
The final workshop will take place at the Long Beach Center on Friday from 10am to noon, lunch included. Send an RSVP email to [email protected] To learn more about the workshop, visit bit.ly/3yPzC3R.