Artist for Designing a Mural of LGBTQI2+ Icons

Glow Centre Mural Project Outline

Main Contact:
Glow Centre Service Coordinators glow@wusa.ca, glow2@wusa.ca
Service Manager, Brendan Lowther bllowthe@wusa.ca

Organization’s Name:
Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity, part of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) at the University of Waterloo

Organization Background:
The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity (Glow) is the oldest continuallyrunning university-based LGBTQ+ group in Canada. Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers, Glow promotes a healthy attitude towards all sexual orientations and gender identities on the University of Waterloo campus by providing a wide variety of peer support, social events, advocacy work, and resources. Glow’s mission is to provide a safe space for all undergraduate, graduate, and alumni of the University of Waterloo. At the Glow Centre, we value the identities, experiences, and privacy of Centre users. We have established three specific policies (confidentiality, safe space, and inclusion), which are used by volunteers to ensure that a positive and welcoming environment can be accessed at any of the spaces Glow operates in. Our executive team and volunteers are committed to upholding these policies as members of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA).

Project Background & Objective:
One of Glow’s key goals is to advocate for LGBTQ+ folks everywhere, especially those who are part of the UWaterloo Community. As a part of this advocacy, Glow wants to promote the importance of Queer and Trans representation in society within our own space by creating a mural of LGBTQI2+ icons that honours and celebrates the people who inspire us. We would like this mural to live in our space as a reminder to all of our users that they are capable of doing great things, just like the folks represented in the art piece. This mural will be extra meaningful if it were designed and completed by a Queer and/or Trans person who had graduated from the University of Waterloo.

List of icons we would like represented in the mural:
• Marsha P. Johnson
• Sylvia Rivera
• Miss Major
• Alan Turing
• Leslie Feinberg
• Alicia Garza
• Frida Kahlo
• Freddie Mercury
• Lori Campbell
• Hayley Kiyoko
• Laverne Cox
• Moses Sumney

Target Audience for Project:
Queer, trans, and questioning students who access Glow Centre

Requirements:

  • Medium: Preferably digital art that can be printed out as a banner, but open to suggestion
  • Size: 6’ long x 3’ high
  • Can commit to completing the project by our deadline
  • Open to the mural being added on to in the future
  • Provide portfolio of work with application

Tone/Feeling:

  • Realistic look
  • Rainbow color scheme
  • Focus on inclusion and diversity
  • Happy and proud

Timeline:

  • Application deadline: February 28 th Noon
  • Artist Selected: February 29th
  • Soft deadline for the banner: April 14th
  • Hard deadline for the banner: April 26th

Budget:

$400-600 honorarium + supplies/printing

Please submit a letter of interest in the project and a portfolio of your recent work to the main contacts by the application deadline to be considered.