Art exhibition celebrates Philly's LGBTQ communities of color

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A new art exhibit, hosted by the Asian Arts Initiative on 12th and Vine streets in Center City, celebrates and centers the experiences of Philadelphia's LGBTQ communities of color.

Unity at the Initiative is a multi-site exhibition and virtual experience inspired by the work of artist and skateboarder Jeffrey Cheung. This is the first time Cheung’s work has been shown in Philadelphia.

To adhere to pandemic safety measures, the artwork can be seen at home or while walking down city streets.

"This show is really important to us because we’re calling attention to queer and trans artists of color," Asian Arts Initiative Executive Director Anne Ishii said.

In partnership with various LGBTQ organizations in the city, Ishii said the initiative is intended to present diverse representations of queer and transgender bodies of color in community centers, city parks, art galleries and other LGBTQ gathering spaces.

"The folks at the Attic Youth Center have been a major part of the working group," Ishii said, adding that their contribution to the project is a must see.

Through May 31, artwork by a series of selected Philly artists can be seen outside of the Asian Arts Initiative, the Attic Youth Center, Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room and at Mina's World. Work curated by Unity Queer Skateboarding is visible on Center City sidewalks.