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The SVA Community Celebrates Pride Month With Art and Messages of Unity
June 19, 2020
A illustration of three rectangles holding hands. From the left each one represents: the Rainbow flag, different skin tones, and the Transgender flag.
Credit: Asher Horowitz

Although pride is something we uphold and honor year-round, June is the month chock-full of LGBTQ+ representation, conversation and events. Many artists use this time to create works to celebrate their community, their voices and their individual experiences. Below is a short compilation of some LGBTQ–themed works posted by SVA artists this month on social media.

Zipeng Zhu (BFA 2013 Design) celebrates the Supreme Court's decision to grant federal job protection to LGBTQ+ workers.

Since its founding in 2017, Pride Train—created by several SVA community members, including faculty and alumni—has been on a mission to spread awareness and pride to New York City subways in all boroughs. With their refreshing take on the MTA Service Information posters, they remind others to be open-minded in everything that they do.

BFA Computer Art, Animation, and Visual Effects student Ashley Chiappardi-Williams reminds others that there remains much work to be done when it comes to protecting the lives of LGBTQ+ people of color.

Asher Horowitz (BFA 2019 Computer Art, Animation, and Visual Effects) celebrated the start of Pride Month with this piece, which illustrates unity no matter race or gender identity.

Although this year's in-person Pride March was canceled due to COVID-19 safety measures, as with many other spring and summer traditions since the pandemic began, it has gone virtual. With an array of events that include talks and concerts, you and those around you can celebrate Pride Month together safely. Here is a short list of some of the online Pride events happening through the end of the month.

  1. NYC Pride Special Broadcast Event
  2. Black Queer Town Hall
  3. Criminal Queerness Festival
  4. Runstreet Virtual Pride 5K Art Run 
  5.  Human Rights Conference