Pride Month Recap 2019
Southern Queer Magic Opening Reception
On Friday, June 7, 2019 LEUR hosted the opening reception for our Pride month arts exhibition at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Southern Queer Magic is an eclectic of local Southern Queer forces and the power that they possess. During the reception, Baton Rouge native, Michael J. Morris performed Elemental Rites at the End of the World, an invocational performance piece of movement and witchcraft. To close out the opening reception Amanda G. with the New Orleans chapter of Greetings from Queer Mountain performed a small story-telling number about growing up Jewish and Queer.
The art exhibition showcased seven local queer artists that have been influenced by the South such as Colton Clifford, Sarrah Danziger, Christopher Berntsen, Charles Champagne, Amanda Milling, Zach Ransen, and Ellen Farrar along with costume designers Kelsey Campion with Fringe & Company and Allán Herrera with NOLA costume.
Pop With Pride Kick Off Party
On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Baton Rouge Pride kicked off the start of the official Baton Rouge Pride Week by hosting, Pop With Pride. This art and wine event was to not only celebrate the kickoff of Baton Rouge Pride Week, but to also celebrate the theme of next year’s Baton Rouge Pride Festival, Pop With Pride.
LEUR was challenged with the task of producing a pop-up version of The Queerative Market in the event space, which was the vacant JCREW space at Perkins Rowe here in Baton Rouge. We managed to showcase local queer artists such as Ian Park, Joe Nivens, JT Bacon, Emery Tillman, Anna Lacy, Jason Hydes, James Kane, as well as previewing artists that were participating in our Southern Queer Magic gallery exhibition at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge such as costume designer Kelsey Campion with Fringe & Company as well as photographer Colton Clifford. Also, a special thank you goes out to local artist Ellen Ogden for the fabulously custom plywood letters for our window display!
Baton Rouge Pride Festival
On Saturday, June 15, 2019 LEUR Magazine hosted The Queerative Market: An Arts Market for Southern Queer Creatives during the Baton Rouge Pride Festival held at the Raising Canes River Center.
This was the third year that LEUR has produced a partnering queer arts market with the Baton Rouge Pride Festival to benefit the local community of queer creatives in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. This year’s Baton Rouge Pride Festival saw over 15,000 in attendance.
Providing local queer artists the opportunity to have their work visible and accessible to the local queer community at large was a rewarding and fulfilling accomplishment.
On Saturday, June 22, 2019 Shreveport held it’s first ever queer arts festival, Queerport. Queerport is a queer-led arts event based out of Shreveport, La. The idea of this queer arts festival was to highlight the amazing LGBTQIA+ creative community in northwest Louisiana and surrounding areas. Queerport 2019 was held at Mincine?, a local DIY space, and served up a full day of activities featuring music, workshops, community building, shopping, and more.
LEUR partnered with Queerport to produce a pop-up of The Queerative Market, An Arts Market for Southern Queer Creatives, in order to showcase the creative talents of local queer artists and makers in and around Shreveport, Louisiana.