ACPA brings students, artists together in honor of LGBTQ History Month

Visibility.

The theme of the chalk art festival set for Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Arts and College Preparatory Academy is simple and profound, given the school is holding the event in celebration of LGBTQ History Month.

“Arts integration is a big part of what we do at ACPA, so to have a public art festival gets at how we approach art and social justice,” ACPA Principal Anthony Gatto said.

Ten Columbus-area artists from the LGBTQ and allied community, along with ACPA art students, will create chalk art on the theme of “Visibility” during the event. The public is invited to both watch and participate, as a public chalking area will be available.

The celebration and theme are important to the ACPA student body — a recent survey indicated that 49 percent of ACPA students identify as LGBTQ.

“Students and artists will be creating their own representation of what they think visibility means,” ACPA student Mary Jane Jones said. “So it's a direct visibility for the subject, instead of told by the media or another voice.”

“I wanted to be involved … because I identify with the promise of what is represented at this school. I want to be an example to these young creative and passionate souls that there are many ways to be fully oneself in the world,” participating artist Lisa McLymont said.