cultural arts

allgo’s cultural arts program nurtures, explores, and promotes queer people of color aesthetics.

We are committed to providing spaces for us to create, to tell our own stories through artistic expression, to unleash the power of art as activism.

For over a decade, we have been developing cutting-edge programs that engage community members on pressing issues through the arts. We provide the space and resources — and audiences — for diverse artists from all genres of visual and performing arts to develop their art. In conjunction, we offer opportunities for community members to participate in and experience art that reflects our experiences and illuminates our struggles and resilience.

Artist-In-Residence Program

This program nurtures both established and emerging artists in their respective artistic processes by supporting the development of and/or producing their work. As part of their Artist-in-Residency, artists offer multiple ways for community members to engage with them and their work:


Former allgo Artists-in-Residence include:

Seyi Adebanjo
Adelina Anthony
Sharon Bridgforth
D’ Lo
Dino Foxx
Cindy Elizabeth
Virginia Grise
Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano
Floyd Johnson
Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones
Annelize Machado
Nappy Grooves (Matt Richardson, Nia Hamilton, and Patricia Hemphill)
Q Ragsdale
Karen F. Sanders
The late Ana Sisnett
Tim’m West
Marvin K. White
Ni’Ja Whitson
Shay Youngblood


Performances and Exhibits focus on affirming and celebrating our communities’ diverse cultural experiences and identities.

sharon bridgforth

dat Black Mermaid Man Lady Installation



Workshops provide various forms of artistic skills-building sessions that include creative writing, performance, playwriting, photography, and visual arts. Workshops are conducted by Artists-In-Residence as well as by other guest artists.

Artist/Community Dialogues

These dialogues with artists actively engage community members around various topics related to the arts.

  • Artist: Xxaalahh
    Event: The Praxis of West Indian Orality Performance as a Research Method event was in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin | African and African Diaspora Studies

    Artists: D/Lo and Atsuko Okatsuka (Surabhi Kukke facilitator)
    Event: Artist Talk

  • Artist:Dora Santana
    Event: Trans* Stellar Visions


allgo publications

Queer Codex: Rooted is an unapologetically sex-positive queer people of color project aimed at creating a non-censured space for LBGT voices.

Queer Codex: Chile Love is a poetry anthology by queer men of color, edited by Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano.

amniotic/flow, by Sharon Bridgforth & Sonja Perryman, features the mother-daughter team blending sung and spoken vocal arrangements/with original music; articulating the soulful journey of a lesbian mother-straight daughter-black wy’mn growing. Available at

*all books are currently out of print

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