Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Executive Director
Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance
Charles Rice-González is a writer, Bronx LGBTQ activist, a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College/CUNY and co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance which presents empowering works for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. His novel, Chulito, received accolades from the ALA and the National Book Critics Circle. His play I Just Love Andy Gibb was published in Blacktino Queer Performance: A Critical Anthology. He’s the board chair for The Bronx Council on the Arts and The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Find Your Light: Intergenerational QTPOC Arts Resistance

How do QTPOC artists and arts organization survive and sustain themselves given racism and homo/transphobia in the arts sector, and the challenging conditions, economic and otherwise, to create art and sustain space in rapidly changing neighborhoods/cities? In this session, participants will have the opportunity to hear QTPOC artists and/or organizations in different life stages in conversation about their histories, strategies for resistance and survival, and efforts to shift racism, homophobia, and transphobia in the arts sector. This inter-generational, cross-regional panel will feature Bronx based Charles Rice-Gonzalez (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance/NALAC), New Orleans based Maria Cristina Rangel/Cherry Galette (National Performance Network/Mangos With Chili), Oakland based Devi K (Peacock Rebellion), and San Antonio based Graciela Sanchez (Esperanza Center for Peace & Justice). Participants will walk away with deeper knowledge about QTPOC art and social practice history; skills and strategies for sustainability, survival, and evolution; and hope.

Speakers: Maria Christina Rangel (Cherry Galette), Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Devi K, Garciela Sánchez