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Diversity Mosaic Mural in Orlando

$3,585 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 4 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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We are getting closer and closer to getting this mural up on the wall! Thank you to everyone who has contributed with hearts and donations for installation costs!
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The Orlando Sentinel wrote a nice blurb about the mural project: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/consumer/os-bz-lamp-shade-fair-mural-20180709-story.html
Please share! We've noticed that support has been coming almost exclusively from the mosaic community, and we hoped to reach a broader audience. If any of you have connections and/or a strong social media following, please post a link to help get the word out. Thank you!!!
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The idea for this project grew out of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. At the time, I felt at a loss for words to express my sympathy for everyone touched by the tragedy, including those who lived in terror simply because of who they love or for having a special swagger. I want to live in a world where people can be who they are and love who they love. I have many people in my life who fall outside of the typical sexual orientation/gender categories and it is unthinkable that they have to live with this kind of hate and targeting.

After the shooting, I thought of the words and phrases I could use to try to say that I support this community, but they felt flat and meaningless. I thought of "our hearts go out..." and I imagined this project, where people were able to create a heart and it would become a mural that would basically be a giant love note. So, that's where it started. Today is the second anniversary of the shooting. The first mural is nearly completed, and it had a greater response than I ever imagined. The second mural is in progress for Orlando, and it is going to be even bigger and more fabulous. Thank you to everyone who has supported this project. I hope this project brings hope and joy to the Orlando community.
~Jenn (I'm certain that Cherie shares my sentiment. )
From the front, before grout.
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More hearts are arriving at Luna Mosaic Arts almost every day! With Pride events coming up all over the country, I'm hoping we can do more to spread the word about our project. If you have connections to people or groups that would be interested, please share our link. This fundraiser will cover installation expenses, and excess funds will be donated to The Center Orlando: www.thecenterorlando.org.
Hearts from Shawn Dubois!
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