A Conspiracy of Strange Girls
creates and promotes creative work by, for, and about Strange Girls. Part creative collective, part arts organization, our Minneapolis-based women-trans-femme+ group is open to ciswomen, transwomen, femmes, non-binary, and genderqueer folks that identify with Strange Girls. Our Conspiracy currently consists of over 60 inaugural members with a variety of creative backgrounds, including visual arts, tattooing, music, performance art, skilled trades, crafts, and arts organizing. With new members being added daily, locally, nationally, and internationally, we are starting a revolution to unite Strange Girls the world over.
Why a Conspiracy?
Our organizational title has a double meaning. Much like a “flock of doves” or “murder of crows”, ravens congregate in “conspiracies”. Much like these intelligent, playful, yet mysterious birds, our members embody these characteristics and celebrate the “strange” through their art. By banding together, we have created a safer community based on support, respect, and creativity, in which we strive to be a positive force to those that we touch. We encourage the examination and exploration of strangeness in all of its incantations, including but not limited to gender, sexual, and subcultural identities. While not all of our members identify as women, we concentrate on boosting oft-marginalized communities that have been crushed, silenced, and even killed for being themselves. By creating a platform that celebrates women, femme, trans, and genderqueer/non-conforming folks of all backgrounds, we fight sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia through our art and beyond. We invite all types of humans to join us as supporters (co-conspirators).
The flip side of our “conspiracy” is our not-so-secret plan to take over the art world. Although the percentage of female artists represented in major institutions has risen marginally in the last few years with the help of feminist groups like Guerilla Girls (MOMA representation of women artists in its permanent collection has risen to 7% in 2015, from 4% in 2004), we strive to continue and aid in the fight for more female representation in the art world and take it a step further by bringing trans, femme, genderqueer/non-conforming artists into the forefront. We aim to show the world that we are not a small subculture of weirdos, but a magnificent force of Strangeness.
Strange Girl Squad Goals
Beyond being a supportive, safe, respectful zone for creativity, A Conspiracy of Strange Girls exists to promote collaboration, between artists, with the larger community, and with organizations that promote causes near and dear to our collective hearts. Our master plan for the collective is to have gallery shows and pop-up art events, showing solo and collaborative art of our members, and publishing and selling limited-edition, themed art, stickers, t-shirts, patches, and zines. We will continue adding artists, organizers, and activists to our community, expanding our numbers and become a greater force for positive social change. We will join forces with other women/trans/femme/queer owned/operated/focused/supportive businesses, organizations, and groups to bring awareness to our missions and raise money for various like-minded charities.
In the future, we plan to expand our operations outside of Minneapolis Minnesota, beginning with co-curating pop-up events/galleries in different cities around the country (currently with feelers out in Chicago and New Orleans). A major goal is to eventually have a mentorship program with young artists, to inspire them to be themselves, nourish their creativity, and embrace the strangeness that is often not understood nor encouraged by mainstream society.
A Conspiracy of Strange Girls is gaining members, energy, and speed as we band together as a force of femme. We want to bring positive and progressive change to our community and beyond, but we need help. Please consider supporting our mission in any way that you can, thus becoming a co-conspirator/supporter of our cause.
Now that we Strange Girls have found each other and common goals, we are not going away. We’ll only become a bigger and more badass flock of freaks. Please aid us in our launch, but also think of how we can collaborate in the future to help each other. Because deep down, in our brains and hearts, we are all a little Strange.
Strange Girls forever.