10 ways to support the local LGBTQ arts

It's common to lean on and expect makers and creators to just do what they do, but here are ways to respect their work and help them thrive. 

Yes, pulling out your wallet is on the list, but that's just the beginning of support that local queer artists and crafts people can take to the bank.

Buy from and hire local living artists, artisans, writers, filmmakers performers and creators of all kinds.

Provide artists with good reviews and like, share comment on their social media posts.

Volunteer your time, resources and skills to organizations that support the arts.

Attend art events, theatrical performances, galleries and museums. Take your friends.

Pick up and download books, podcasts, new releases and support materials from musicians and artists you like.

Donate to non-profit arts education.

Write, Call and Lobby lawmakers and school officials to keep the arts a priority in education.

Forge partnerships with artists to support your efforts and promote their work at the same time.

Ask! a creator how you can help.

Sources: americansforthearts.com, artworkarchive.cm, lightspacetime.art, culturualpolicies.net

This article originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue online here

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