The GLBT Arts Consortium was founded in 1999 to increase communication between the various glbtq arts groups and artists in the DC area and to increase the visibility of our arts. Membership was voluntary and there was no membership fee to join. Early on, the decision was made not to organize formally through incorporation and by-laws. Instead, the Consortium has relied on the energy and participation of the various groups and individual artists who have volunteered their efforts for various projects. Through active collaboration, the Consortium has annually presented the Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Arts Corner Stage at Capital Pride and an annual Gilbert & Sullivan operetta in collaboration with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. In 2001, the Consortium sponsored the DC area premiere of Diane Benjamin's "Where I Live," and donated the net proceeds from the concert to benefit the work of The Mautner Project. The Consortium has received funding from Brother Help Thyself (including the initial grant that got it going), the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, and the Bernard Myers Fund for the Performing Arts.
In the last 3-4 years, the bulk of the Consortium's work has been done by 4 individuals: Abe Feldman, Pamela Jafari, Jill Strachan and Carol Wheeler. We believe that the time has come to dissolve the Consortium. The social environment has changed. The four of us are not able to continue to do the work of the Consortium and we have not been able to find anyone to take our places. Two summers ago, we made a general appeal to Consortium members asking for assistance in strengthening the Consortium, but ultimately, additional support for the Consortium and its purpose was not engendered. In addition, the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington, D.C., the Consortium's fiscal sponsor, ceased operations in the summer of 2010 and has dissolved its 501(c)3. This means that the Consortium must also change its bank account. Consequently, we have arrived at the decision to disband the Consortium.
In light of the Consortium's collaboration with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for the annual Remembrance and the summer Gilbert & Sullivan production, the $481.45 in the Consortium's bank account will be transferred to CHAW in support of these two events which CHAW plans to continue. It is our hope that Capital Pride will continue to offer the Arts Corner Stage.
The story of the Consortium illustrates that the combination of voices makes for a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. We've had a lot of fun along the way and accomplished a great deal. The visibility of glbtq arts has increased in our city and we can take some credit for helping that to happen.
If you have any questions, please contact Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Consortium's website will remain in place until: October 15, 2012