Diversity Mosaic Mural in Orlando

$2,828 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 2 months
After the Pulse Nightclub Shooting, I felt devastated, and without the words to express the grief and solidarity I felt for victims, families, and the LGBTQ community. I had the idea to create a community mural where people made hearts in monochromatic colors installed to compose a big rainbow. I designed it so that there is a silhouetted figure blowing kisses, and the kisses are hearts. I work with at-risk teens every week at an alternative high school, so we started the project in January 2017. That first version of the mural will be installed this spring in Shelton, WA and will include hearts made not only by my students and local community, but people around the U.S. and the world sent us hearts! 

Last spring, I learned how Pulse Nightclub is being turned into a memorial to honor the victims of the shooting. I thought: "The mural should be in Orlando!" So, I connected with Cherie Bosela, a talented mosaic artist and owner of Luna Mosaic Arts, only about 15 minutes from the nightclub site. We had met previously through the Society of American Mosaic Artists. She was enthusiastic about the project, so even though we haven't yet pinned down the details (like a location- We are working on it!) we decided to launch another version of the mural, asking experienced mosaic artists to contribute because we want the hearts to be made well. I will have only a short window to help with installation, so we'll need to work fast!

However, we have zero budget. The project will not cost much because all of the artists are contributing materials and labor for the hearts themselves. And Laticrete is donating thinset and grout with specialty tints in corresponding colors! But we'll need to rent scaffolding or a lift, pay for permits, cover some administrative/promotional fees, and buy me a plane ticket to fly to Florida to work with Cherie on the installation. We have decided to ask for a bit more than we think we'll need because we will be donating anything we don't spend on the mural to a non-profit that is in line with our values (we are working with the local community to identify the organization that will most benefit from our donation). So, we are actually hoping to exceed our goal and end up with both a mural AND a charitable contribution from this fundraiser.

Even small donations will go a long way toward reaching our goal. Every little bit helps. Please share this and help spread the word. We had hoped to install by the second anniversary of the massacre, but everything will depend on timing and finances. We may need to delay the installation until these things line up, but definitely within 2018.

*If you are a mosaic artist wanting to contribute a heart, look for the Diversity Mural in Orlando! private group on facebook and request to join.
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The great thing about GoFundMe is that they start disbursing the donations right away. Initially, I used a little bit of the money to create some promotional materials to help spread the word. Now that Cherie is moving forward, she has money to pay for any expenses to get the ball rolling. And I just booked my flight to Orlando for Sept. 19-24! We are hoping this will be the weekend of the mural dedication, but it can be hard to set a firm date with a project like this, so we'll hold off until we have a better sense of the progress. We will definitely be celebrating the mural that weekend, and we'll keep you posted.
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Meanwhile, I am nearly done with the initial stage of installation on the first mural in WA. You can really see how it will come together. The Orlando mural will be much larger. We are at over 400 hearts, and I think we can easily fit 400 more.
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Cherie has spent months looking for appropriate walls (structural integrity, high traffic area, ground level for pedestrians and selfie-takers, and available with like-minded owners) and she has made a firm agreement with a long-standing business, a short walk from Luna Mosaic Arts, that owns the building outright and it's perfect!
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Diversity Mosaic Mural in Orlando has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to everyone who has contributed!
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