About The Event
Queer in The Valley is a celebration of people in the Central Valley who identify as Queer, Trans, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC). The event is free to the community, and will include guest speakers, an open mic to share stories and poetry, an art gallery featuring local art by Tony De Carlo, Francisco Rodriguez, Andrea Torres, Casimiro Llamas, Shaq Michele, and Xico Garza; and a live musical performance by local Queer band Fatty Cakes & The Puff Pastries.
This event is designed to advocate for more QTBIPOC spaces in the Central Valley, and to showcase the beauty and advocacy that emerges when we fund and input resources into the hands of the Queer community. Following COVID-19 safety precautions, all guests must be fully vaccinated to attend and are required to wear a face mask throughout the event.
January 8, 2022
4:30 pm - 8 pm PST
Big Red Church, Fresno
Meet The Artists
The Queer In The Valley event features art galleries by Tony De Carlo, Francisco Rodriguez, Andrea Torres, Casimiro Llamas, Shaq Michele, and Xico Garza; and a live musical performance by local Queer band Fatty Cakes & The Puff Pastries.
This event was sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee Pan Valley Institute and Central Valley Scholars. The event would not have been possible without Pan Valley Institute's Artevism Fellowship. Thank you!
Casimiro Llamas (He/Him)
Designer & Patternmaker
Casimiro Llamas, Jr. is a gay Xicano designer and patternmaker. He was born in Fresno, CA and was raised in the Cantaloupe Center of the World: Mendota, CA. He graduated from Fresno State with BA in English Education, then moved to the Bay Area to pursue his M.F.A in Fashion Design at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He is currently working as an associate product development manager and splits his time between Fresno and San Francisco. Casimiro worked as a dog clothing designer, before moving into production and product development. Focusing on production and development has given him the freedom to use his creative energy for his own ideas, by making custom clothes for friends and clients.
Michael (She/He) is an Artevism Fellow for Pan Valley Institute and serves as the Executive Director for Central Valley Scholars.
Paulina (She/Her) is an Artevism Fellow for Pan Valley Institute and is a scholar, artist, activist, and journalist.
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