Painting with Pride: Mural to Commemorate Moose Jaw’s LGBTQ2+ History
Moose Jaw Pride will be inviting community members to design and paint a mural on the back of their building to commemorate 50 years since the partial decriminalization of same-sex relationships in Canada as well as the Stonewall riots.
Joe Wickenhauser, Executive Director for Moose Jaw Pride said that the outpouring of support for the organization’s rainbow bench inspired the group to create more public art and help the community learn about the city’s LGBTQ2+ history.
“We realized that many people–even from the LGBTQ2+ community–aren’t aware of this history so we’re really excited to share that through Moose Jaw’s rich tradition of historic murals.”
Karli Jessup, a queer-identified artist and the Saskatchewan-based printmaker facilitating the creation of the mural, said giving the community input on the process and the final design is empowering.
“It is exciting to be part of a project driven by the queer community, for the queer community. It’s so important that folks are able to have a voice when it comes to how they are represented within the larger community.”
According to Jessup, the mural, will overlook the Cordova Street entrance to Crescent Park and will engage Moose Javians in new discussions about art and the LGBTQ2+ community:
“The thing I love about public art is that a really wide audience can be reached. Folks will see this work that may not frequent an art gallery.”
This project, made possible through an Artist in Communities Grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, invites members of the LGBTQ2+ community and allies to join the process of developing the content of the mural and taking part in its hands-on creation.
The mural is scheduled to be completed by the time Moose Jaw Pride Week takes place from May 26 – June 1, 2019.
Wickenhauser said that current funding may only cover the costs of creating a mural on just one section of the building. However, anyone wanting to help the group paint a larger mural is encouraged to make a donation at: www.moosejawpride.ca/donate
For anyone interested in getting involved, the first planning meeting for the mural project will take place at 1pm on Sat. March 2 at the Moose Jaw Public Library. The first hands-on mural workshop led by Jessup, will take place in the same location at 3pm.
To see Karli Jessup’s awesome artwork and store, visit:
Moose Jaw Pride