Arts, Culture, and Humanities

QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR MEDIA ARTS PROJECT-QWOCMAP

aka QWOCMAP

San Francisco, CA

Mission

QWOCMAP uses film to shatter stereotypes and bias, reveal the lived truths of inequality, and build understanding and community around art and social justice. QWOCMAP creates, exhibits, and distributes high-impact films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cisgender & transgender), and gender nonbinary and transgender people of color (of any orientation), and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern multiple communities.

Ruling Year

2004

Founding Executive/Artistic Director

Ms. Madeleine Lim

Main Address

59 Cook St

San Francisco, CA 94118 USA

Keywords

queer women of color, gender nonconforming people of color, transgender people of color, LGBT, social justice, FILM, media arts, art-activism, artivismo, QTPOC

EIN

80-0094746

 Number

7294063879

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Film, Video (A31)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Film is an extremely powerful medium that shapes narratives and societal perspectives. Yet the film industry is dominated by cisgender, heterosexual white men. Major academic studies prove that this inequity results in film depictions of historically marginalized communities that are extremely limited and often destructively stereotypical. When we are depicted, queer women of color, and gender nonbinary and transgender people of color are shown as deserving insulting jokes, hate speech, and graphic violence. Studies also demonstrate that these reflections of how the world sees us, impacts how it treats us, and shapes how we see ourselves. However, film can also transform by giving voice to the unheard and forcibly silenced. Due to the high price of film training and the exorbitant cost of filmmaking, few in our community can access it.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Filmmaker Training Program

Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Distribution Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of participants who would recommend program to others

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Filmmaker Training Program

Context notes

The program has succeed and grown through word of mouth in the community. We do little advertisement. Most new participants know of previous participants who have completed films through the program.

Number of audience members with favorable attitudes towards the issue or interest

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Context notes

Percentages based on audience members that report such results, our curatorial practice, Festival Focus (ie, immigration, marriage equality, Indigenous people) educate audiences.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Filmmaker Training Program

Context notes

This includes the number of participants for each year of the program. In 2012, we changed our model, reducing participant numbers & increasing international reach and film production quality.

Number of Films Completed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Filmmaker Training Program

Context notes

Participants can complete films as individuals, pairs, or groups. 2013 was the year we conducted workshops based on our old model and our new model.

NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Context notes

Since 2007, Community Partners are matched to films and communities represented in the films to spark individual awareness, galvanize collective action, and promote civic engagement.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

QWOCMAP is an artist-activist run organization that nurtures the leadership of queer women of color (cisgender and transgender), and gender nonbinary and transgender people of color (of any orientation) to create films that will foster broad cultural and political impact. We screen films to increase awareness and deepen public engagement. We distribute films to create strong movements that will lead to lasting change and social justice. QWOCMAP's vision nurtures our community to become leaders that incorporate the power of art as cultural resistance, cultural resilience, and cultural renewal. Our goal is to see the media enriched and transformed by the films of queer women of color (cisgender and transgender), gender nonbinary transgender people of color (of any orientation), and that these films fuel social justice movements and create lasting change.

QWOCMAP's Filmmaker Training Program builds leadership, creativity, and power of marginalized LBTQ people of color as artist-activist filmmakers who can lead intersectional social justice movements from the San Francisco Bay Area to the world. QWOCMAP's annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival builds understanding and community around art and social justice. Our Queer Women of Color Film Festival will sparks understanding and galvanize collective action through a combination of films, curatorial practices, expert facilitation, deep community engagement, and partnerships with grassroots organizations. QWOCMAP's boutique Distribution Program provides films and discussion guides that strengthen social justice movements, and partner with educational institutions, film festivals, and community groups such as churches, temples, and mosques for activist training, professional in service, and political education.

QWOCMAP is deeply rooted in our community, and our 100% of our staff, Board, and Advisory Board come from the community we serve. They have decades-long careers in filmmaking and fields from fundraising to law, and expansive activist history in social movements, from anti-Apartheid to reproductive justice. As a result, QWOCMAP has the culturally competent expertise to serve our community as very few other organizations can. Equity and justice are the root of everything we do, from conducting filmmaking workshops that examine how shot sizes can convey stereotypes or truths about marginalized communities, to films and discussions that reframe human migration in support of equitable and just immigration policy. We ensure that are our staff and Board are from the communities we serve. We also ask ourselves who is not in the room and act to remove barriers. We build expertise within our organization by supporting leaders from particularly vulnerable segments of our community.

QWOCMAP has an 20-year track record that is the result of program excellence. Our professionally-developed measurement and evaluation process is based in human-centered design and high-quality feedback loops that collect input, report on outcomes, and communicate impact. Each year we conduct 2-3 filmmaking workshops across the U.S. that produce 9-20 new films; we partner with 30+ organizations to present our free annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival and promote civic engagement; e) We distribute 425+ QWOCMAP Films around the world to 5,000+ people. We maintain >90% film completion rate and LBTQ filmmakers report >80% scores for filmmaking skills & self-efficacy. Our audiences and community members report 25% increase in awareness & 50% increase in commitment to action on social justice issues. Our distribution clients report 25% increase in community engagement.

Since 2000, our award-winning Filmmaker Training Program has nurtured the creation of 425 films, leading both U.S. and global production of films created by our community. QWOCMAP Filmmakers report high qualitative scores for self-efficacy and agency and high quantitative scores for filmmaking skills and knowledge development. Many have gone on to successfully complete highly competitive, premier graduate film programs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, UCLA, Temple, San Francisco State University, and UC Santa Cruz. They are leaders at organizations like NBCUniversal, Pandora, Google, and the ACLU, and in sectors from education and philanthropy, to the arts and electoral politics, with a run for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

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Financials

QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR MEDIA ARTS PROJECT-QWOCMAP

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
QWOCMAP changes who makes films by providing equitable access to art and creativity, which changes film itself. We actively invest in, develop, and nurture the creativity and leadership of our community, which is 20% African Descent/Black (African & African American), 22% Asian & Asian American, 21% Chicanx/Latinx, 10% First Nations/Native American/Indigenous, 5% Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, 10% Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA), and 12% Mixed-Race lesbian, bisexual, queer women of color, and gender variant and transgender people of color. Our community is also 79% low-income, 15% unemployed & marginally housed, 42% immigrant, 38% disabled, chronically ill & environmentally at-risk, 30% youth, and 12% elders.