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I am an independent production and development specialist designing strategies for queer arts organizations, programs, and projects.
Joseph Varisco performs independent production and development support to underrepresented, HIV+, and queer populations as creator of the annual performance series QUEER, ILL + OKAY, Program Manager at Alphawood Gallery (Art AIDS America) and co-curator at Salonathon. Varisco sits on the Victory Gardens Community Leadership Council, is recipient of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, and Visual AIDS grants. Varisco believes in a model of collaborative creative practice as community building.
I have a pup named Pancakes and a Samson.
I busy myself in my spare time with reading and dreams of grandeur.
Life has become equal parts resist, resist, resist and let go.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Traveled to great places with CS, met great people and love opening my home to wanderlust travelers.
Europe, West Coast, East Coast, Southern US, Canada and all over the Midwest.
Exploring queer cultures and art making in different areas of my city and in cities across the world.
Constellating with some rad folk, brainstorming creative conversations, designing sustainable problem solving practices for our artist lives.
FOOD! The power of food bring people to a table, laugh, explore, wax philosophical, get our pop culture references on and experience something new together.
- performing arts
- queer culture
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Learned the flying trapeze.
What I Can Share with Hosts
The world of queer Chicago nightlife, art scenes, and off the path brilliant spaces to visit. Also, rad people, lots and lots of rad people to jam out with, feel your best self, and have some magical moments.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, France, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In