It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. – Audre Lorde
About The Orange Ave Project
On June 12, 2016 there were 49 people whose lives were lost to a painful and senseless tragedy. In the wake of that tragedy, there were 49 children taken from their families, 49 lovers taken from their partners and friends, 49 birthdays that will no longer be celebrated. It was this realization, and the dedication to telling and remembering these stories so that we would never repeat the actions that led to this, that this project was born. The Orange Ave Project is an ethnographic collaborative arts initiative that seeks to create an everlasting archive of accounts and stories from those affected by the Pulse Tragedy to be annually produced in a new devised performance art piece through collaboration with organizations and artists across the country. Through grassroots funding, and the support of LGBTQ organizations across the country, The Orange Ave Project seeks to create a living artistic archive, stories and accounts from individuals willing to share their stories for these records; and then creating art in different, unique, and beautiful ways to immortalize these stories in art by artists across the country. This project seeks to ensure that we remember not the tragedy, but the people, their lives, the light they brought to others, and most importantly…how the world should never take the loss of these lights for granted.