The Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber has partnered with the Tampa Downtown Partnership for Pride Month to reveal the permanent intersection mural located in the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood of Tampa’s Downtown. The vision of the painting is to signify unity and to showcase Tampa’s diverse community.
“At a time when we need to come together, we celebrate our community with the Pride Mural, signifying the unity of the LGBTQ+ community, with the Black Lives Matter Movement, people of color, and our Trans brothers and sisters. We honor each other and look to build a better future for generations to come,”said Justice Gennari, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber.
Local artist Cam Parker was commissioned for the project. Cam has painted several murals in the Tampa’s Downtown, including in the Tampa Heights neighborhood.
The City of Tampa has proclaimed Saturday, June 27, as “Unity Mural Day.” Volunteers painted murals at five locations within the City of Tampa. In conjunction with the City of Tampa’s Lift Up Local and Vision Zero initiatives, street murals are a way to celebrate the unique aspects of neighborhoods, strengthen community bonds, and improve the safety and livability for our communities.
Here’s a breakdown of where to see the new murals painted in Tampa.
1. Downtown Black Lives Matter, East Cass Street & North Jefferson Street – Lead Artist: Illsol x The New Roots Collective managed by Reece Fernando Moore and Melvin Halsey, Jr. / Co-sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Partnership and Greenman-Pedersen, supported by volunteers from the Children’s Board and the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization
Participating artists include:
Melvin Halsey Jr.
Ron S. Dot
Reece Fernando Moore
2. Tampa Heights, North Franklin Street & West Henderson Avenue – Artist: Cam Parker / Co-sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Partnership and Tampa LGBT Chamber
3. West Tampa, Habana Avenue & West Tampa Bay Boulevard – Artist: Cecilia Lueza / Sponsored by the City of Tampa, Volunteers provided by the Our Aim Foundation
4. Westshore, West Laurel Street & North Grady Avenue – Artist: Anthony Freese / Sponsored by the Westshore Alliance
5. East Tampa, East 21st Avenue & North 15th Street – Artist: James Vann / Sponsored by the East Tampa CRA
Several weeks ago, the City unveiled a street mural at the intersection of Franklin Street and Twiggs.
Lift Up Luck—designed by local artist, Meaghan Farrell Scalise of Traditional and Digital Arts, LLC—celebrates Tampa’s resilient spirit, mirrors the city’s Lift Up Local program, and adds a touch of beauty to the intersection of Franklin St & Twiggs St in Tampa’s Downtown.