The Pride Project
Hello and thanks for your interest! My name is ErinKelli Kilbane and I am an artist, muralist, event planner, and educator residing in Staten Island. I have recently been asked to paint the Island’s first large-scale public Gay Pride Flag Mural. This mural will have a home 20 feet up on the garage of Nitecap Megastore – Sex Store and Vape Shop, which is visible from the 440 highway.
A project of this magnitude is quite a feat for one person. That being said I am employing the power of asking. I am asking for people from all walks of life to help me accomplish it!
Nitecap and it’s team has been a long time supporter of the LGBT, employing many individuals that identify for over 13 years. I was overwhelmed with excitement when they expressed the opportunity to me. I knew just what to do the moment I was invited to join the movement.
I thought about how much it would mean to so many people for me to advocate for them. The community needs support and what a wonderful chance for me to act as a voice to celebrate equality. SUNY Purchase (my alma mater) is one of the biggest LGBT community schools and exposed to many of the struggles our LGBT friends face. In more recent years, I have volunteered for Staten Island’s LGBT organization, offering my artistic expertise. I'm all for equality of any kind, it's how we progress as a society.
I plan to turn the mural (as it is also the first of its kind) into a project large enough to warrant the attention it deserves as well as highlight the importance of equality, positivity, and empowerment not just for the LGBT community but all humanity. On top of that, when I heard Scott Lobaido (the flag guy) turn the project down because "It wasn't a good look for him.", I was outraged and determined to disprove his statement.
I'm ecstatic for anyone to request my services and talents, but a cause like this should have the spotlight. I intend to be the conduit that will see it through with both recognition and support.
The Project Scope:
A large-scale mural encompassing nearly 200 square feet requires large-scale funding; as such a large-scale statement requires large-scale coverage and support. We need to cover everything from painting supplies to microphones.
I have gotten in touch with my connections at SI Arts and have been guided in the direction of applying for grant that gives preference to underserved communities in the humanities, i.e. the LGBT. The grant application is due November 4, and given the situation's time sensitive nature, I will be moving forward rapidly and with purpose. I have begun outreach to various organizations for help and promises of commitment. Supplementing the grant I will incite crowd funding, outside donations, and contributions to really pull the community together. I plan to document the entire project and build a following using social media, film and photo, while making this project as publicly interactive as I can possibly fathom. I would also like to grow it enough to get some collegiate speakers, and maybe start some kind group session centered around creative outlet and expression primarily for the LGBT (if it doesn't already exist). Any unspent monetary funding at the project's completion will come back to an LGBT organization. The grant requires an unveiling when the project is complete which is projected in the May/June region. Within the unveiling event I plan to have vendors, performers, speakers, food, and beverages. Using the crowd funding and the grant (we hopefully are awarded) I hope to pay everyone involved for their time.
What I Am Asking:
I am asking for HELP FROM YOU!
- CREATIVE THINKERS
- VENDORS OF ALL SORTS
- GRAPHIC DESIGNERS
- LGBT REPRESENTATION
- SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETERS
- EVENT PLANNERS AND COORDINATORS
- PUBLIC SPEAKERS- FROM PORN STARS TO POLITICAL FIGURES
- PERFORMERS- FROM MUSICIANS TO DANCERS TO COMEDIANS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, & VIDEOGRAPHERS
- ORGANIZATION DONATIONS
- LGBT & NON-LGBT COMMUNITY MEMBERS
- Anything else you can think of!
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