Disco Coalition Happy Hour at the Lookout

Come to the Lookout in the Castro for a radical celebration benefiting Gray Area!

21+
5-8pm

Location: The Lookout
100% of proceeds benefit Gray Area

The era we are living in can leave us feeling overwhelmed with few outlets for driving positive change. To combat that, Disco Coalition is transforming Friday nights out by inviting people to dance and celebrate community while driving awareness and raising funds for worthy causes.

Our Executive Director Josette Melchor has been selected as a QUEERO for her work supporting arts, culture and diversity. The Happy Hour on May 3rd will benefit Gray Area while we honor Josette and the organization with a toast.

The Disco Coalition has organized 13 happy hour fundraisers to benefit queer-led charities. 100% of proceeds of each fundraiser benefits hosts and charities that foster and fortify queer culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Come raise a glass with us for Week Six of Disco Coalition Happy Hour and Fundraiser to celebrate and shepherd queerkind toward a brighter future!

100% of proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to Gray Area, with Tito's Vodka matching funds raised up to $1,000.

Queero/Host: Josette Melchor of Gray Area
Beneficiary: Gray Area
Hosts: Nicole Whitten and more TBA
Musical Curation: Jeffrey Kirkwood
Location: The Lookout, 3600 16th St, San Francisco

Host

Josette Melchor

Josette Melchor is the Founder of Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, a leading San Francisco non-profit dedicated to applying art and technology to create social and civic impact. As a Community Organizer, she partners with cities to address civic issues through public activations such as the Urban Prototyping Festival. A respected Executive Director, she has implemented sustainable revenue models to stabilize organizations and led fundraising campaigns to revive the historic Grand Theater as an 800 person venue in the Mission District as well as the Oakland Fire Fund to serve hundreds affected by the Ghostship tragedy. As a Curator, Josette instigated the first exhibition that paired artificial neural networks with artists which helped establish the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google. She was gifted her first set of turntables at seventeen, which inspired her to DJ and develop an eclectic collection of music at the confluence of disco, techno and house. Her selections are influenced by over fourteen years of large-scale media arts production and relationships with well known music producers. She has led the development of hundreds of creative technology projects utilizing cutting edge technologies and alongside work at Gray Area is starting an experiential media studio Dreamboat with a small team of artists. In other words, Josette Melchor is a Human classified as a Community Organizer, Curator, Entrepreneur, DJ, Queer Mexican Woman programming life at the intersection of art and technology based in San Francisco. She founded Gray Area Foundation for the Arts– a leading nonprofit media arts center– more than a decade ago and is driven to serve diverse audiences with her work. She has also worked with notable designers and interdisciplinary research centers including: MIT Senseable City Lab, Institute of Computer Sound and Technology, Stamen Design, Code for America; artists C.E.B Reas, Robert Hodgin, Aaron Koblin, Camille Utterback, and many more. She has spoken at DLD, PICNIC, TEDx Silicon Valley, Art Center College of Design, and Stanford. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Burning Man Project and The Processing Foundation. You can visit her website here: josettemelchor.com

Partner

Disco Coalition

The Disco Coalition fosters solidarity, builds community, and encourages activism via gatherings and collaborations with the collective intention of shepherding queerkind toward a brighter future.