The West Hollywood Arts Division is hosting a Drag Artists Roundtable event featuring guest artist, costume, and drag extraordinaire Mindy L’Amour (We’re Here, Dancing with the Stars). The meeting will hold space on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 5pm, Plummer Park Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The event is free to attend, but RSVP requested.
On June 26, 2023, the City of West Hollywood’s City Council selected Pickle to serve as the City’s inaugural Drag Laureate.
Pickle is a live-singing, powerhouse host, entertainer, storyteller, and community activist. She values education, community, and humor. She has been performing in drag professionally for eight years and has collaborated with many people and organizations to bring drag into people’s lives. A Los Angeles native, she received her BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Picle has focused on blending education initiatives into her drag work and runs the LA Chapter of Drag Story Hour.
As West Hollywood Drag Laureate, Pickle will serve a term of two years from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2025. During the term, the Drag Laureate is expected to enhance the presence and appreciation of drag culture and arts in West Hollywood; promote partnerships with West Hollywood business and community organizations; celebrate the spirit and special qualities of the City of West Hollywood and its residents; and inspire an emerging generation of drag artists by celebrating and promoting drag history.
The Drag Laureate will work with City staff to serve as an ambassador for West Hollywood. Pickle will attend approximately 15 events throughout the year, including WeHo Pride and West Hollywood Day. The City will also organize a yearly event to celebrate drag history, promote West Hollywood drag culture, and invite the West Hollywood community to attend.
Recently, the City of San Francisco announced its inaugural San Francisco Drag Laureate, D’Arcy Drollinger, and it is anticipated that West Hollywood and San Francisco will work together to share best practices and ideas to enhance Drag Laureate programs.
The West Hollywood Drag Laureate program provides a $12,500 honorarium each year, and a $2,500 stipend for the annual City drag event, totaling $15,000 per year.
To learn more about Pickle, visit: www.pickledragqueen.com