New Our Pride mural was completed yesterday at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. The new art installation by artist LaToya Peoples is part of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division 2022 WEHO Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The mural has a bright blue sky, symbolic of the progress LGBTQ+ people have made and have yet to make. Each hand represents diverse people.
LaToya D. Peoples (LDP) is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and entrepreneur working in the realms of visual art, public/community arts and design. Her work focuses on figuration, natural elements, color, and pattern, as a way of exploring identity, and history. She carries these themes over to her mural and sculptural installation work, creating transformative pieces guided by youth and community engagement. Her commissioned works live in the collections of University Maryland Medical Center, UMS School of Virology, Denver Urban Arts & Venues, Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, and Baltimore Department of Parks and Rec.
Peoples has also worked as an educator and coordinator for visual arts programming in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She has served youth and adults through teaching partnerships with the Baltimore City Public School System, National Museum of Ceramic Art, Arts Everyday, Jubilee Arts Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library and the McDonogh School.
Follow LaToya D. Peoples on Instagram at @ldpstudio. Hashtag #ourpride #wehocity #wehomural #wehoarts
The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is an annual LGBTQ Arts Festival which takes place over 40 days from Harvey Milk Day (May 22) to the end of June Pride Month (June 30). In 2022, City Council approved a rebrand of One City One Pride as the WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival in conjunction with the creation of the first ever WeHo Pride Weekend, Street Fair and Parade (June 3-5).
In 2005, City Council authorized a Task Force to evaluate the CSW/LA Pride Parade and Festival; a subsequent report was presented to Council in 2006 with several recommendations, including to Gradually extend the Pride Event to incorporate a month- long series of arts, film, cultural and social activities that celebrate the creativity and diversity of the West Hollywood/Los Angeles LGBT community.
As a result, in 2008, staff and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission undertook the challenge with a month-long celebration primarily by promoting existing LGBTQ-related arts events and exhibits taking place in West Hollywood. In 2009, the City began branding Pride Month as ‘One City One Pride.’ Beginning in 2013, arts staff began incorporating annual themes as a way of differentiating each year’s programming and to serve as an artistic inspiration point for program presenters. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded the City of West Hollywood a grant to present 2016 One City One Pride programming.
In 2022, in conjunction with the City’s decision to program its own Pride event independent of Christopher Street West’s LA Pride, the arts festival was rebranded as the WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival.