CULTIVATING CREATIVITY: Inviting everyone under the rainbow

Neon Kiss by Sarah Winn

“It may be hard to feel joyful during so much uncertainty and unrest, but there is hope when we remember that upheaval can incite real change, and a protest can evolve to a parade.”

By Fiona Campbell/Quinte Arts Council

Headlines lately have been filled with news of COVID-19, unemployment and global recession, but also widespread unrest and riots across the U.S. at protests against police violence. The Black Lives Matter movement has become front and centre most recently in response to George Floyd’s murder.

But June is also Pride month, a time ostensibly of rainbows, glitter, love and celebration; a time when LGBTQ2S+ communities around the world celebrate the freedom to be themselves.

It may be hard to feel joyful during so much uncertainty and unrest, but there is hope when we remember that upheaval can incite real change, and a protest can evolve to a parade. Case in point: today’s Pride celebrations have a dark history dating back to June 28, 1970, the day of the first Christoper Street Liberation Day March, which took place in New York City a year after the Stonewall Riots: six days of violent protests between police and members and supporters of the gay community that brought widespread media attention to the realities of the LGBTQ2S+ struggle.

One way to keep the momentum of such a movement is to increase awareness, and a powerful way to do that is through art. Art changes the way we see things, opens our eyes to another’s view or experience of the world. And so the Quinte Arts Council is proud to host the second annual Everyone Under the Rainbow show.

While the QAC gallery is still closed, we invite you to a virtual celebration to share your photographs or art that reflects, respects, features and speaks to the LGBTQ2S+ community and experience.

Work should be original, on theme and completed within the past five years. Submitted images will be featured online (on our website, as well as Facebook and Instagram) throughout the month of June.

Our intention is to foster new connections with artists in the LGBTQ2S+ community in Quinte to provide a safe place for them to showcase and celebrate their art and creativity. Because everyone deserves a place under the rainbow.

To participate or to learn more, please visit our Calls for Submissions.