Graffiti Art Programming: GRAFFITI GALLERY SET TO OPEN LAVENDER MENACE AT THE FORKS SKATEPARK, September 20 - November 30

Graffiti Art Programming opens public art exhibition Lavender Menace curated by Annie Beach at The Forks Plaza skatepark.

Lavender Menace, a term first rooted in the American lesbian women's movement for inclusion within feminism, now allows two pairs of Indigenous artists to gather, connect, and nourish each other's growth to thrive as natural beings in ever-changing, estranged, rigid, urban environments.

Metis artist, Chanelle Lajoie, mentors Ella G. in photography, capturing medicine and bodies amongst varying landscapes. Anishinaabe artist, Kiana Compton, mentors Sadie H.-C. in painting, referencing the natural and native elements of the nearby location, painting floral patterns directly within the developed and concrete landscape of the skatepark.

This public exhibition allows Lavender Menace to blossom with the inclusion of Indigi-queer bodies occupying space on land, space in feminism, and space in queerness. Lavender existing as medicine reflects the medicine that two-spirit, femme, non-binary, and Indigi-queer individuals embody within our homelands.

Witness our existence. Celebrate our growth. Heal alongside us.

In line with the Fall solstice, the opening event will be a distanced outdoor event with Queer Sk8 Wpg and Board Broads to skate, Gago Brothers B-Boy Crew to dance, and Kilusan and Tessa to DJ, including an Instagram Livestream on @graffitiartprog to include those who choose to stay home to encourage healthy communities. Bring your board, bike, or blades, and your mask! Extra disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be available.

Opening Date: Sunday, September 20th 2020. 5pm - 7pm.

Exhibition Run: September 20th, 2020- November 30th 2021

In partnership with Culture Days, Lavender Menace is excited to launch a self-guided audio tour in correlation with the exhibition at The Forks Plaza skatepark. In line with the first full moon of the month, the audio file link will be made public over Graffiti Art Programming's Instagram (@graffitiartprog) on October 1st.

Graffiti Art Programming Inc. is a not-for-profit community art centre dedicated to celebrating the many roles that the arts play in the lives of all Manitobans and is committed to enhancing the cultural well-being of communities and neighbourhoods.