An idea that came to life.
Expression of self is an art form for the LGBTQIA+ community. So, when thinking about the monumental task of hosting the first WorldPride in the United States, in conjunction with 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, we knew we had to create something that would express, our defiance, our fears, our gratitude and our pride. There is no better way to do this than thru art. Art comes in many forms, but as New Yorkers we revere street art. Murals decorate our streets while also telling our stories. The artists behind these creative, and sometimes massive, works of art breathe even more life into an already vibrant city.
It is an honor and a privilege to welcome the world to New York for this historic event, so we are painting the town. NYC Pride in collaboration with production and curation partner, LISA Project NYC, founding partner, HSBC, and supporting partner, Macy’s present the WorldPride Mural Project initiative. Both local and international artists, 50 in total, were selected to create murals within the five boroughs of New York that reflect and honor the beauty, struggle, and strides of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“Art, in all its forms, has always been an integral means of expression in the LGBTQIA+ community, and particularly meaningful to the fabric of New York City’s culture,” said Chris Frederick, Executive Director of NYC Pride. “Street art is a poetic example of this expression and the 50 WorldPride muralists will, no doubt, combine beauty and poignant messaging at a time when our collective stories can be – and must be – told.”
As millions descend on New York they will inevitably explore all that the city has to offer. Whether the March carries them thru neighborhoods that are intricately tied to the LGBTQIA+ community, or they venture out to other boroughs the WorldPride Mural Project will serve as a beacon of pride. Art has long cradled the members of of our community through times of struggle and lifted many up, providing a platform to elevate our voices in a creative and unique way. The Lisa Project New York is curating an experience that will lift us as high as the skyscrapers.
“It’s an honor for LISA to produce and curate the WorldPride Mural Project, working with the NYC Pride team and contributing to the celebration of these milestones in the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Wayne and Rey Rada, founders of LISA Project NYC. “We are a part of this community and so it’s truly momentous that we get the chance to share public art throughout the five boroughs, created by diverse artists from around the world.”
From Staten Island to the Bronx take an artistic journey thru the history of pride.