NAVEL is a queer-run cultural space self-described as a "Test Site for Kinship" with a mission to bring radical thought into form. The NAVEL collective, operating out of a 3300 sq. ft. loft warehouse space, builds community and redistributes resources to cultural workers who have been historically excluded — especially those who are Queer & Trans, Poor, Disabled, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Through residencies, programs, and events NAVEL co-creates experimental spaces to imagine and build a more abundant, just, and collaborative world.
Navel was the site of the Queer Biennial 2018, anti-Pride program No Cruising, and the Queer Maps Launch. The Queer Maps Launch featured site-specific installations by Adrian Gilliland, Seth Bogart, Marval A Rex, MrDrummer79, and performances by Gabriela Ruiz, Miss Barbie Q, Freckle, and Kim Anh.