Dante Celeiro, the director of Fluxx Studio \\u0026 Gallery talks about their Lumie award  in the Emerging Arts Organization category.

Throughout much of history, members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community have not been able to express themselves freely without fear of violence or retribution.

Society is changing, and Tucson is experiencing that change.

The city is home to Fluxx Studio and Gallery, which is being recognized by the Tucson Pima Arts Council for its work in the community.

TPAC hands out yearly "Lumies" to individuals or groups that are seen as "luminaries" for their support or contributions to the arts, and Fluxx is receiving the honors in the "emerging arts organization" category.

Dante Celeiro, director of Fluxx, which opened the physical space in 2011 but has deeper roots that go back several years, says the studio and gallery stay busy with visual and performing arts, storytelling and poetry. It is now known as "the first and only queer art space in Tucson," Celeiro says.

"Finding a safe space for the arts, for performers, for really anyone to have a space to be themselves whether it's to host a workshop, do hip-hop dance classes, swing dancing, storytelling, you name it. We're just providing a safe space for those things to happen," Celeiro says.

Celeiro adds that flux means change or fluidity, so Fluxx is meant to reflect that by opening doors to all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or other attributes.

Celeiro used to work in social services in New York City before moving to Tucson so Fluxx seems like an extension of past experiences.

"Everything kind of meshes in in some sort of way so I feel like we're doing a great thing and I still get to provide social services in a different form."