Center on Halsted is proud to be the first stop of the Orlando Traveling Memorial touring the country to “Remember the 49 and those left Behind”. This 25 foot memorial mural by artist Colleen Ardaman is a heartfelt collection of over 1000 people who have been involved in participating with the artwork. The “I am a Handprint” of helpers in the Pulse aftermath is a collection of 100’s of handprints of Police, First Responders, Medical Personnel, Officials, Local citizens and groups who aided, to be part of the Memorial.
In addition to the mural, there will be 49 portraits that family members and loved ones painted of their own loved ones who passed (a paint by numbers style).
On opening night we will have Behavioral Health staff nearby to lend support.
Action brings healing through Art and Faith coming together in times of Tragedy.
On June 12, 2016, a 29-year-old cisgender male killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in an attack inside Pulse, a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Pulse was hosting a Latinx Night and thus most of the victims were Latinx individuals. It is the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in U.S. history, and at the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in the U.S., being surpassed the following year by the Las Vegas shooting.
To remember the 49 and those left behind from the Pulse Nightclub shooting: Family members painted portraits of their loved ones who passed and hundreds of handprints were collected for travel art. The Orlando Traveling Memorial (OTM) artwork honors the lives both lost and touched by this tragedy. The mission is to bring healing through Art and Faith coming together in times of Tragedy. The traveling memorial seeks to keep victims’ voices and memories alive as their stories are shared across the country.
Center on Halsted is the first travel stop for the Memorial, hosting the art from Oct. 12- Nov. 23, 2018 at the end of LatinX Heritage Month. The exhibition will be located in the 2nd floor gallery space. This is an opportunity to collectively honor the lives of Pulse massacre victims as a community.
We are aware that memories of this event and the sight of this memorial may bring intense emotions and pain. It is hard to face the memory of the lost lives and how hate drove such deplorable act. It can also be difficult to see others, our colleagues and community members, suffer and being emotional around this. We will have Behavioral Health staff nearby to lend support.