To celebrate Pride, we commissioned artists from 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC and ally communities to create an art walk to help make our world brighter together for everyone.
PRIDE 2022 ART WALK.
When it comes to pride, we know this city has it.
That’s why we feel so grateful to be honouring and amplifying the voices of 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC and ally artists in our community for a third year with the Pride Marches On Art Walk.
We invite you to participate by walking the rainbow, checking out the art, and sharing to our Twitter and Instagram
MEET THE MURALISTS.
We’re excited to present our 2022 artists and the murals they created to embody connection and community.
PRIDE IN PROTEST
Ryan Danny Owen (they/them) + Kat Simmers (she/them). Ryan and Kat - Corner of 12 Ave and 4 St (NW)
Artists' statement: As LGBTQ2S+ people living today, our ability to exist authentically is thanks to generations of individuals fighting for our voices to be heard and our lives respected. “The first pride was a protest”, a phrase often repeated but barely examined. Pride in Protest draws upon a history of resistance and advocacy. For the historical context and concepts behind the project, check out Ryan Danny Owen’s site.
Ryan Danny Owen (they/them) is a non-binary author, visual artist, drag performer, and queer historian based in Mohkinstsis Treaty 7/ Calgary, Alberta.
Kat Simmers (she/them) is a trans femme artist and author who works with comic media and street art to connect seemingly disparate worlds.
Nicole Wolf (she/her) + Sarah Slaughter (she/her). Corner of 12 Ave and 2 St (NE)
Artists' statement: "Spectation" is an exploration of our relationship to our bodies and societal expectations. The figures are inspired and modelled by diverse members of the LGBT2QS+ and BIPOC communities. The plants are drawn from local herbs and flowers in Treaty Seven territory that symbolize healing and protection, and act as covering that shields judgement and allows space for wholeness and rest.
Nicole Wolf (she/her) is an illustrator and artist, focused on the intersection of spirituality and the human experience. She holds a design undergraduate with a major in illustration from the Alberta University for the Arts. Nicole is based in Calgary, Alberta but makes a regular practice of drawing abroad.
Sarah Slaughter (she/her) is a Calgary-based visual artist whose practice is a reflection of her wide-open perspective and respect for multi-disciplinary creation. Immersed in a world where art is everything, she distinguishes herself by her versatility and fearless approach to design and ingenuity.
Chey Suwâtâgâ Mû (they/she). Corner of 13 Ave and 2 St (SE)
Artist’s statement: As an emerging artist who has painted several murals and was mentored by Bruno Canadien, Jared Tailfeathers and Dawn Saunder-Dahl, I see how important it is for other Indigenous people to be able to see themselves in the visual culture of our community. This is even more important for queer Indigenous people, who are left out of representations without critical thought. We matter, and the ways we look, dress, dance, and carry ourselves matter too.
Chey Suwâtâgâ Mû (they/she) is a self-taught Artist from the Stoney Nakoda tribe and their home is forever with the Mountain People.
We have long-term partnerships with several great organizations focused on helping everyone feel included and accepted—making Canada a brighter place for all of us. Some of our great partnerships include:
The Get Real Movement
To help decrease 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination in schools and summer camps, we’ve helped The Get REAL Movement provide inclusivity workshops to 50 schools in BC and Manitoba.
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