This project is part of I HeART Main Street, a program supporting Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) with the support they need to activate their main streets through public art and placemaking. This program engages BIAs, local artists and businesses across Ontario to create more vibrant and safe communities.
Project Type: Permanent Exhibit
Artist: Curtia Wright
Artist Statement: Celebrating Queer Black Lives is a public art mural in Toronto's Oakwood Village (529 Oakwood Ave) by STEPS Artist Curtia Wright and commissioned by LOMA Marketing Agency with community partners, Oakwood Village BIA and Nia Centre for the Arts. This project honours queer Black lives, community, connection and solidarity.
“I believe it is integral when speaking of Black lives, especially queer ones, to uplift and celebrate the voices of femme Black people. I depicted Black femmes adorned with flowers to pay homage to the femmes who deserve to be uplifted and to those who have received their flowers too late. The two figures connected by hair are a representation of the relationships between folks in the queer community; uplifting, supporting and caring for one another to communicate a sense of solidarity.The lives of Black queer people are sacred and should always be protected; this piece aims to evoke compassion, as a means of support for Black queer femmes and most importantly to showcase the beauty, tenderness and joy in the Black queer community.”
About the BIA: Oakwood Village BIA offers an eclectic mix of businesses and an interesting walk through an early Toronto streetscape. We are north-west of the City core in the former Township of York with great accessibility to bicycle and bus routes. There is great coffee, excellent food, essential services and wonderful little surprises along the way.
Thank you to our additional supporters!
I HeART Main Street, presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank and ShowLoveTO produced by the City of Toronto, is generously supported by the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative funded by the Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, funding provided by the Government of Ontario.