Upcoming Area Agency on Aging Public Hearing

Don’t miss this opportunity to help shape a 3-year plan for how state and federal resources will be used to meet the needs of older adults in southwest Michigan. The hearing will be on April 4th from 2pm to 3:30pm at 2920 Lakeview Avenue, Saint Joseph Michigan.

This will be immediately followed by the Older Michiganians Day Local Legislative Forum where you will be able to meet with state legislators representing Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties to talk about issues impacting seniors and younger persons with disabilities across southwest Michigan.

State legislators currently scheduled to attend include: Senators Kim LaSata and Aric Nesbit,
and Representatives Beth Griffin, Brad Paquette, and Pauline Wendzel

Additionally:
We are looking for LGBTQ+ Berrien, Cass, or Van Buren residents who are 60+ years old, or their caregivers, who are interested in sharing their experiences, needs, and the gaps in the system that they feel exist. If you are would like to have your voice and story heard, please email info@outcenter.org to be included.

Local LGBTQ+ Artists Wanted!

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2022 PRIDE WINDOW
Strengthening, Inspiring, Changing

In honor of Pride 2022, Krasl Art Center (KAC) seeks proposals from LGBTQIA+ artists for a dynamic window installation to remain on view for 12 months. 

KAC is a vibrant regional art center and an accredited art museum. Located in Southwest Michigan, adjacent to Benton Harbor, and just 90 miles from Chicago, KAC’s mission is to ‘Inspire Meaningful Change and Strengthen Community through the Visual Arts. KAC strives to share this mission in multiple ways onsite and throughout the community. 

The Pride Window project is a high-impact display that utilizes a north facing window on KAC’s building to capture the attention of the frequent pedestrian and vehicular traffic along Lake Boulevard – a prominent thoroughfare from the downtown and lakefront areas.

PROJECT DETAILS 
Theme: Strengthening, Inspiring, Changing 

Media: Vinyl – this may include artist cut vinyl applied to the window to create an original artwork, or an image digitally reproduced to scale on vinyl that is applied to the window. 
● Artist Cut Vinyl: full artwork installed by the artist 
● Digitally Reproduced Artwork: 
● The final project must be prepared in CMYK graphics and be print-ready when submitted at 200 DPI resolution at the final scale.
● At 10% scale. The file would be an 8.6”x16.3” graphic be sent to KAC at 2000 DPI. 
● KAC must receive the artwork by May 5 and will oversee its printing and installation. 

Original Artwork: Artwork must be original, produced by the selected artist; artwork will be selected based on interpretation of the theme. 

AREA FOR PRINT 
● Faculty Lounge Office: 86” h x163” w (north-facing) 
● Top row individual window dimensions: 54” w/ x 53.25” h 
● Bottom row individual dimensions: 54” w x 31.5” h 
● Border width: 1.75” 
● View-Through (perforated) or cut vinyl will be used.

BUDGET 
Artist Stipend: $800 
Budget for Materials: $1500 

TIMELINE 
1. March 25: Call for Proposals released 
2. April 15: Artist proposals due 
3. Artist Chosen: April 18 
4. Artist Informed: April 20 
5. May 6: Final artwork submitted 
a. Project Installed by Printer: Artwork goes to Print; Installer booked; materials are the responsibility of the printer. 
b. Project Installed by Artist: Install date and back-up date booked; materials are the responsibility of the artist. 
6. May 16 thru 21: Artwork Installed Onsite 

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS 
Artist Statement: Provide a brief statement (max 250 words) sharing how this artwork aligns to the project theme. This will be used for promotional and educational purposes. 
Installation Proposal: Provide a clear proposal outlining installation needs, including material costs, in proposals. 
Artists should submit proposals in a full-color PDF format outlining the artist’s statement, installation proposal, and original artwork or concept. Proposals should be emailed to KAC Deputy DIrector & Curator, Tami Miller at tmiller@krasl.org. No phone calls please. 

Proposals Due: April 15, 2022

Transgender Day of Remembrance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMuZRoqXtMY&feature=youtu.be

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we commemorate the 310 trans people around the world whose lives were taken by violence.

#SayTheirNames


Trevor Project

24/7 crisis hotline: 1 (866) 488-7386

OR text START to 678678

TheTrevorProject.org

Trans Lifeline

(US) (877) 565-8860

(CA) (877) 330-6366

The Anti-Violence Project

Hotline (212) 714-1141

avp.org

tdor-resources

 

Livery Give Back Night

Event Details:

Happening this Thursday at The Livery! We’ll have drag queens, beer, and an auction featuring a suite of KitchenAid’s 100th Anniversary Queen of Hearts Edition small appliances!

2020 will be one of the most polarizing years in recent memory. SCOTUS will be deciding between now and June whether or not the Civil Rights Act provides LGBT people protection from discrimination. Here at home in Michigan, there is a ballot initiative to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, to include LGBT people as well.

This set of potential wins for LGBT people will potentially increase hostility towards our community. In preparation, the OutCenter has already positioned itself to build resilient and inclusive communities, especially in rural areas like Southwest Michigan.

Since we’ve launched our “Fund Us Into Our Future” campaign, there has been an increasing number of people who want to know how they can help. On-site will be OutCenter staff as well as new and existing board members to provide additional insights into the progress we’ve made so far, what we have planned, and what you can do to help!

Meet the Performers:

Yolanda Del Fierce

Yolanda is a professional drag queen entertainer featured all over Michigan. She is the current reigning Miss Rumors Professional and has a flare for dance performance. Nicknamed “Kalamazoo’s Dancing Latina,” she brings a little Latin flavor everywhere she goes. Yolanda is an advocate for social justice and works at CARES in Case Management. 

Miss Moscato

Moscato is your current reigning Miss AM Kalamazoo, AM Red Ribbon and your newly crowned Queen of Hearts. She works at CARES as an HIV and STD prevention specialist and uses drag a platform to advocate for LGBT issues. 

Lady Kryptonite

Lady K is inspired by good vibes – she don’t have time for negativity. She gets inspiration from her heart and dreams. One thing to never forget about Lady K is she’s every guys weakness.

Richard NUTsak

Is inspired by the old court jesters, and other performers who dare to just be themselves.

Sapphira

Sapphira is a tire technician by day and a drag queen by night! Her favorite sayings: “A little party never killed nobody!! One day I will be a drag queen who tours the world!!”