Arts

CALLING ALL SEX WORKER PERFORMERS, WRITERS, ARTISTS AND CREATIVE MEDIA MAKERS…

From beautiful burlesque, to majestic music, to powerful poetry, various art forms have been important parts of sex worker justice advocacy, and art is also a great way to highlight the diversity of talents so many sex workers  have.  Sex worker artists have in fact had a vibrant face on this movement and have been a unifying element in resistance campaigns across the globe.

Sex worker created  grassroots alternative media forms- such as blogs, documentaries, and radio shows provide valuable insight into the multiple realities that exist in the sex industry and issues affecting sex workers as well as  the broader society.

Come join us! Workshops and their participants are welcome! We are still in the process of accepting proposals, but we expect a variety of exciting and  informative panels and workshops, covering topics such as creating your own alternative media, art as a form of advocacy, working as an entertainer in the sex industry, visual and performing arts, media relations, website design, Internet advocacy and networking.

Invitation to Present

We are interested in  presentation proposals about a variety of topics related to art, the media, or entertainment in the sex industry.  Proposals for practical  workshops, panel discussions and performance based demonstrations are  all welcome.

Proposal  suggestions include:

  • Creating blogs, radio, documentaries, and other forms of alternative media
  • Published writers – How to be successful in getting your work out there
  • Media – Becoming a spokesperson for the sex worker rights movement, organizing press conferences etc.
  • Website Design – management and maintenance (also: Business Track)
  • Creative Phone – Sex/Webcam Techniques, selling erotic stories
  • Filmmaking and documentaries
  • Burlesque workshops, demonstrations and discussions
  • Visual Arts
  • Oral Voices – poetry, spoken word
  • Music

Your Proposal should include:

  • Title for your presentation
  • Affiliation with an organization or social justice movement you’d like to have listed (not required)
  • A short paragraph with your background and experience, or interest, in sex work or the sex workers rights’ movement
  • A bio which will appear in the program and on the website (approx 200 words)
  • A  jpg publicity image 300 dpi for catalog/website
  • An Abstract of 500 words or fewer (for program/website)
  • Minimum amount of time needed for presentation (is it okay to combine you with another artist?)
  • Tech support/equipment/AV needs
  • Website links where your work can be viewed: all social media sites where you music or actual performance ability can be seen

 

In some cases, panels will be suggested if more than one good proposal gets submitted on a specific topic.

We encourage proposals from sex workers, college and university students, researchers, professors, harm reduction workers, social justice activists, performing and visual artists, people with web design experience, and people with experience in media relations as well as creating alternative forms of media.  We welcome proposals from people of all gender identities, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, and sexual orientations.   

BANDS, ACOUSTIC ACTS, SINGERS: There will be a big party nite for the closing of the conference Please submit press kits and CDs.

Proposals must be submitted by March 1st, 2016 to be considered, and all submissions will be notified of acceptance by April 15th, 2016.   

Electronic submissions are encouraged!  Email yours to art@desireealliance.orgsubject heading, “Arts Proposal.” You will receive an auto-reply from us to confirm receipt of your email. If you do not receive this, please re-send. You can reach Desiree Alliance desiree2016@desireealliance.org if you have further questions.

 

NOTE: A new policy for researchers, academics, bloggers, interviewers etc. is now required for proposal submissions. Please use the link for explanation

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mrNOHDjl-YIrpTPemRkAsq4Un9USu92bt2l0i_yxsdI/edit?usp=sharing