Call for Artists! Y’all Come Back: Stories of Queer Southern Migration

Y’all Come Back: Stories of Queer Southern Migration is a project of love and grit, created by Queer Southern artists to tell the rich and layered stories of migration to and from the U.S. South.

Y’all Come Back seeks visual and performance artists for a multi-disciplinary performance art show and exhibition that will take place in June 2015 as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco.

The project seeks works that explore:

– personal and community stories of Queer migration to and from the U.S. South
– catalysts and connections of migration such as race, class, gender, ability, queerness, citizenship, etc
– impacts migration has on the communities (rural, urban, across borders, and everything in between) where Queer Southerners migrate to and from
– direct and indirect displacement of marginalized people from their homes because of Queer Southern migration
– tensions, connections, and questions of what “Home” is
– diverse understandings of what “The South” is
– diversity of identities, cultures, and stories of Queer Southerners

– Surprise us!

********* Deadline for Submissions: Dec. 15 *********

Artists of any discipline who are interested in submitting their works should visit for more information and to apply. You can propose a completed work, a work-in-progress, or a new idea that can be realized in time for the show. People of color, low-income, trans and gender non-conforming artists are especially encouraged to apply. Selected artists will be awarded a small artist fee for their participation.

Artists will have the opportunity to perform and/or exhibit their work at a nationally recognized queer arts festival and network with other artists exploring similar themes in their work. Artists are kindly requested to help fundraise for the show and the travel expenses of artists via crowdfunding, benefits, house parties, etc.

Other Ways to Get Involved:

– Share this event on Facebook, Twitter and other social media
– Donate to support artist fees, installation and travel costs via Paypal to
– Visit our website, download and print our flier and place in community centers near you

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Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.