Ty‘Anna Jones-Boyd is a social entrepreneur, visual artist, and founder of The National Gardenia Society Inc. The National Gardenia Society Inc., is currently the only professional women’s society in the U.S. that centers the lives of feminine lesbian women of color, exclusively.
The National Gardenia Society is a social sisterhood for professional feminine lesbians of color. Their mission is to provide opportunities that enrich and support the well being of lesbians in our communities through fellowship, travel and giving back to our LGBT family. Their vision is to create a purposeful network of successful lesbians committed to the achievement of lesbian women, marriages and families nationwide. Their purpose is to enhance the visibility of accomplished lesbians of color, to build familial bonds among lesbians who value the importance of pride, culture, women’s empowerment and the establishment of resources that will help in progressing the future LGBT generation.
This virtual event will be Zoom/Facebook live for the introduction and ZOOM ONLY for the art-making workshop and community chat dialogue.
Register for this art-making workshop and community dialogue’s Zoom: bit.ly/wyetastetherainbowworkshop1
Saturday, August 7 (Virtual) 1:00-3:00 PM EST.
Participants in the workshop will have an opportunity to submit their work to be a part of the virtual showcase and/or the in-person exhibition at the 1310 Gallery art exhibition, August 20, 2021.
What’s Your Elephant™ LGBTQ Series:
A Series of art-making workshops + community talk + in-person and virtual Art exhibitions
The What’s Your Elephant™ series has typically explored many ‘elephants,’ though sometimes there is an annual focus. This year, our series will highlight LGBTQ+ communities. We will be collaborating with grassroots community partners such as NAMI Broward County, World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, Ujima Men’s Collective, South Florida Afro Pride Federation, Black Lesbian Archives, and Transpire Trainings & Consulting, and inviting our communities to make art, get vulnerable, and connect. This series will run from August 2021 – January 2022
WYE 2021/2022 will offer a hybrid of both in-person and virtual events.
For details on the What’s Your Elephant™ LGBTQ Series:
This program was made possible by a grant from Our Fund Foundation, an LGBTQ Community Foundation.
The first section of this series is supported in part by Broward Cultural Division.
Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and from the Community Foundation of Broward: Fonda, and H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. Family Trust Fund, Gary J. Scotto Fun and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund
About What’s Your Elephant:
What’s Your Elephant™ (WYE) is a combination of art exhibits, interactive installations, discussions, and workshops that are designed to provoke awareness by unveiling unaddressed topics. Themes often include but are not limited to: gender, sexuality, discrimination, and abuse. WYE shows us how art can heal and be a tool to process complex conversations, helping us to unpack the things that we, and the world around us, are challenged by. WYE also intentionally aims to destigmatize mental health topics and counseling.