CHARLOTTE – The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte and White Rabbit are working with local LGBT artists to create a landmark mural on Central Ave. at the forefront of Plaza-Midwood. With funding from a Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund Community Connections grant, the project entitled “Our Lives, Our Culture, Our Time” is scheduled to begin on June 30 following the anniversary of the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.
Local artist Gil Croy is responsible for the design of the mural which focuses on a message of love, equality and peace. The mural also seeks to bring visibility to the LGBT community in Charlotte. Croy will work with other local LGBT artists and volunteers to complete the project which is slated to be finished prior to the Democratic National Convention in September.
“I am honored to be able to work with the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte and White Rabbit in crafting this first piece of public artwork by and for the city’s LGBT community,” said Croy. “I know my vibrant and colorful mural will proudly represent the diversity of Charlotte’s LGBT community.”
The location of the mural was selected for its significance within the local LGBT community. The mural will be painted around White Rabbit’s building at 920 Central Ave. White Rabbit is the only LGBT-specific bookstore in the state and is also home to the offices of qnotes, the Charlotte-based LGBT community newspaper of North Carolina. Central Ave. also serves as the main thoroughfare in Plaza-Midwood, an area of Charlotte known for its LGBT-inclusive and -friendly atmosphere and its high concentration of LGBT residents and small business owners.
“White Rabbit has long called Plaza-Midwood home and we are proud we can work with Gil and the LGBT Community Center in creating a highly visible icon for Charlotte’s community,” said Jim Yarbrough of the White Rabbit and publisher of qnotes. “A public and visible piece of LGBT-themed artwork has been needed in Charlotte for a long time and its fruition now marks tremendous growth for our local LGBT community.”
The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte is working with both Croy and White Rabbit to complete the project. Individuals interested in volunteering to assist with the mural or in donating to help with the completion of the project can coordinate their involvement through The Center. Currently, The Center is asking that donations be made to help cover some of the materials needed to complete the project. According to staff at The Center, projects like this mural help to bring the LGBT community out into the public and are especially necessary following the Amendment One vote in May.
“This mural project helps to fulfill The Center’s mission of promoting diversity, acceptance and visibility of the LGBT community,” said John Stotler, chair of The Center’s board of directors. “As Charlotte grows as a city, so does its LGBT community. The Center is here to serve and to bring visibility to our community’s strength and diversity.”
For more information about the mural project, please contact artist Gil Croy at 704-333-0144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.