QWOCMAP wants everything we do to embody our values; we do our best to walk the talk. If you know how to translate values into great messaging, that would be amazing!
Storytelling is key to our mission. We've nurtured 425 films. But we're not great at telling our own story as an organization.
We want our brand messaging to convey what people feel when they engage with our core artistic programs (as per anonymous surveys): "warm community," "I love the welcoming atmosphere," and "everyone was so kind loving and inviting!"
We know that if we can convey that sense of safety, welcome, and inclusion that leaves no one out, we can garner more support for our work and our community.
QWOCMAP uses film to shatter stereotypes and bias, reveal the lived truth of inequality, address the vital, intersecting issues that concern multiple populations, and build understanding and community around art and social justice.
QWOCMAP's vision nurtures filmmakers as artist-activist leaders for social change.
QWOCMAP creates, exhibits, and distributes high-impact films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cisgender & transgender), and gender variant and transgender people of color (of any orientation), and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities.
In 2000, we launched our free Filmmaker Training Program with the goal to nurture LBTQ people of color filmmakers as artist-activist leaders for social justice. This award-winning program provides free, professional, artistically rigorous filmmaking workshops that equip participants with concrete technical skills, practical artistic knowledge and tangible leadership tools. It has nurtured the creation of 425 films and lead U.S. production of films by, for, and about the population we serve: African Descent/Black, Asian, Chicanx/Latinx, First Nations/Native American/ American Indian/Indigenous (Two Spirits), Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA), and Mixed-Race lesbian, bisexual, queer women (cisgender and transgender), and gender nonbinary and transgender people of color (of any orientation). For 18 years, it has fostered equity in film as the only media arts organization in the nation, and the first of four in the world, that actively invests in, develops, and nurtures, the creativity and leadership of LBTQ people of color.