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Tonight! Special Event!

Wednesday, July 21
6pm

Join us for the accompanying discussion to Trimpin’s “Hear and How” – currently being exhibited at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – where our Participant Artists will share their art forms and what they created during the pandemic. How are we navigating this experience as a community? As individuals? As artists? 

This event features PwA Participant Artists, Teaching Artists, and CEO Holly Jacobson. It will be moderated by BIMA.

Tune in tonight from 6-7:30pm.

For more information, click here.

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Stories of Transformation: Tu’u Talaga

In the last newsletter of the month, Path with Art is sharing a story from student Tu’u Talaga. Tu’u has been taking the podcast class taught by Gavin Reub. She shares how it took time for her to realize that language can be an art form in and of itself. Watch Tu’u’s story below.

This project was created with support from Historic South Downtown, highlighting the individuals Path with Art serves.

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Pride Flags: Many Colors and Meanings

Photo from reddit

June is Pride month, a time of celebration for the LGBTQIA+ community!

You may be familiar with the traditional rainbow pride flag, but did you know that there are many different flags that represent many different sexualities and gender identities? Here are just a few of them:

Photo from Como Mag

How has the Pride flag evolved over time? Here’s a little bit of queer pride flag history, courtesy of The Complete Guide to Queer Pride Flags by Ariel Sobel. Check out the article for even MORE LGBTQIA+ Pride flags!

Gilbert Baker Pride Flag

In 1977, Harvey Milk challenged Gilbert Baker, a veteran who taught himself to sew, to come up with a symbol of pride for the gay community. His response? The original Pride flag. Inspired by Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” these colors flew at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade celebration on June 25, 1978. Though some dispute whether Baker was the sole creator of the flag that started it all, its symbolism remains. Each color celebrates an aspect of queer Pride:

Hot pink =  Sex
Red = Life
Orange = Healing
Yellow = Sunlight
Green = Nature
Turquoise = Magic/Art
Indigo = Serenity
Violet = Spirit

1978-1999 Pride Flag

After the assassination of Harvey Milk, many wanted the Pride flag he commissioned to commemorate his accomplishments for the community and their personal support. The demand was greater than the available fabric, so the Paramount Flag Company began selling this version of the flag, as did Gilbert Baker, who had trouble getting hot pink fabric.

Traditional Gay Pride Flag

This is the most familiar flag. In 1979, the community landed on this six-color version, which was hung from lampposts in San Francisco. Numerous complications over having an odd-number of colors led to turquoise being dropped, at least according to reports. Read more about the modern flag here.

Philadelphia People Of Color Inclusive Flag

Noting that queer people of color are often not fully included in the LGBT community, the city of Philadelphia added two colors — black and brown — to the Pride flag in their honor. The city had previously faced accusations of racial discrimination in its gay bars, which led 11 queer nightlife venues to take antiracism training. Many white men were outraged by the flag, claiming that rainbow includes all skin colors, but with a star like Lena Waithe donning it at the Met Gala, it seems the design is here to stay.

Progress Pride Flag

This new flag seeks to take Philadelphia’s inclusive approach a step further. Daniel Quasar, who identifies as queer and nonbinary, designed this flag. The white, pink, and light blue reflect the colors of the transgender flag, while the brown and black stripes represent people of color and those lost to AIDS. “When the Pride flag was recreated in the last year to include both black/brown stripes as well as the trans stripes included this year, I wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to give it more meaning,” Quasar explained on his Kickstarter.

Photo from USA Today

Here’s a great article about the history of Pride month for those interested in learning more about the origins of this month of queer love, resistance, and celebration!

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Theme of the Month: COLOR

Happy June!

This month we invite you to create and share art around the following theme: COLOR!

Here are some ideas to get those colorful juices flowing:

~Paint with your favorite colors, or colors you don’t often use

~Write a poem about the emotions of different colors

~Experiment with the absence of color, opposite colors, or light and dark colors.

~Craft a short story including as many colors as possible in your descriptions

~Take photos of some flowers in your neighborhood

~Create a colorful collage of magazine clippings

~Share about an artist whose use of color inspires or delights you

~Color the pages of a coloring book in an unexpected way

~And so many more!

Submit your work at https://arttransforms.blog/submissions/ or email blog@pathwithart.org

Submissions outside of the monthly theme are also welcome!