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Orlando 49 Art Exhibition at the Akron Pride Festival

Presented by Akron Pride at Hardesty Park, Akron OH

Aug 25 2018
Orlando 49 Art Exhibition at the Akron Pride Festival

On June 12, 2016, 49 people at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida, were killed in a mass shooting and 53 were reported as injured.  Pulse was a popular gay nightclub.

In the days following the attack, artist James Nocito began drawing portraits of those whose lives were taken.  “It was a way of privately working through the sadness, anger and helplessness I was feeling,” said Nocito.  The result was “Orlando 49,” a traveling memorial commemorating the 49 men and women who were killed.  It has been shown in San Diego, California; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Kansas City, Kansas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Norwalk, Connecticut; and now, Akron, Ohio.

The installation can be viewed in the “ORLANDO” booth at the Akron Pride Festival on Sat., Aug. 25, at Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St., 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the art, three survivors from the Pulse Nightclub shooting are participating in the March for Equality, beginning at 11 a.m. at 807 W. Market St., in the heart of

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1615 W. Market St, Akron, OH 44313




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