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Building Choral Communities Behind Prison Walls

Posted on: January 24th, 2022 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

(Written for the International Choral Bulletin of the International Federation of Choral Music) I was asked to write about inclusion. It is impossible to overstate the importance of understanding our inconvenient assumptions that keep us from involving men and women who are incarcerated in the arts as well as in our lives. I am who […]

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Federal Relief Options – Update 1/23/21

Posted on: January 26th, 2021 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

Our friends at Chorus Connection have created an excellent primer on the various forms of possible Federal aid currently available. We recommend you start here if you need an overview: This post summarizes a couple of key issues that some organizations are facing as they make time-sensitive decisions on which path to follow. The situation […]

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Transgender Voices Festival – Minnesota Style!

Posted on: June 26th, 2018 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

For us here in Minnesota, it’s important to show our guests a good time and we hate to see them leave. That’s one of the reasons why we scheduled our Transgender Voices Festival in the middle of April, just in time for our best, largest blizzard of the season to shut down the airport, and […]

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Remembering Donna Red Wing

Posted on: May 12th, 2018 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

The following text is from Donna Red Wing’s keynote address at the 1995 GALA Leadership Conference (now the GALA Symposium) in St. Louis, MO. Donna spent over three decades in the limelight as a cultural warrior battling homophobia, but she lost the battle with cancer on April 16th. She will be sorely missed. The writer […]

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Singing for Our Lives

Posted on: November 18th, 2017 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

The titular phrase is near and dear to many, if not all, of us. Holly Near penned a song by this name while on her way to the candlelight vigil for Harvey Milk in November, 1978. It was performed that night by thousands, including the 4-week old San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Every time a […]

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Advocacy Resources for Choruses

Posted on: February 11th, 2017 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

We find ourselves in a moment of great political change. As visible, vocal members of our communities, GALA Choruses are uniquely positioned to be forces for justice, solidarity, and hope. But how can can we actively engage in advocacy, while remaining focused on our missions? How can we engage with the political realities of our times without putting our […]

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Converging Crossroads

Posted on: December 14th, 2015 by GALA Communications GALA Articles No Comments

LGBT arts in South Florida will be the focus of a new, two-year initiative called, Converging Crossroads. Led by the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, this collaborative effort brings together three of the state’s notable LGBT cultural organizations for creative programming that builds audiences and visibility for LGBT arts. The program is being funded […]

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