Billy Manes... two words that strike a chord for Orlando residents unlike most others. For countless years, Billy's crown shone bright above the City Beautiful and illuminated our streets, consciousness, ideals, impressions and actions.
He was a writer, activist, columnist, editor, vibrant community member, husband, friend, spokesman, philanthropist, entrepreneur and fighter-for-all-things-considered-right-and-good. Billy Manes led a lifelong legacy of authenticity and rebellious brilliance.
Billy’s mission: to make the world a more compassionate, loving and joyful place. Billy stood alongside those that felt thwarted, discarded, misunderstood or misrepresented. His passion for social justice fueled his endeavors and guided his path. His dedication to the people and the City of Orlando drove him to stand up and speak out on their behalf.
When Orlando called…Billy was there. And now… it's Orlando's turn.
In collaboration with local artists, lovingly guided by Billy's husband, Anthony Mauss, and lead by world-reknown muralists Michael Pilato and Yuriy Karabash, a public mural will grace the streets of Downtown Orlando that illustrates and commemorates Billy and the entirety of his essence.
Neighborhood school students, community members, family, friends, and those that adore and appreciate all-things-Billy are invited to join together to help make this tribute as spectacular as he was. This is a collective project in which local artists will be selected via a jury process to contribute.
Orlando, let’s gather together and make this happen! Please consider contributing to what will most surely keep Billy’s legacy as fabulous as he deserves.
Reaching our campaign goal will ensure that many aspects of Billy’s passions are carried on in his name. Funds will go towards paying local artists, developing and implementing curriculum to raise a greater awareness of activism, interactive student instruction and participation at the mural site, creating additional murals throughout Orlando by local artists that highlight other inspirational Orlando residents, and launching “The Billy Manes Society”.
We invite you to be a part of Billy’s legacy by giving to this heartfelt project. Thank you for being an important part of making this happen!