In an effort to bring awareness to hate crimes in general and LGBT victims in particular, a powerful art exhibit called “Erase Hate Through Art” opened Sept. 14 at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, Md., in the Long Reach Village Community Center. It runs through Oct. 12.
Around 50 people attended the official opening, which took place at a mini-outdoor amphitheater just outside the Center where the works of art are displayed. There were 10 artists displaying multiple pieces that represent a wide swath of art depicting for the most part images of victims of hate and bullying. The works included multi-media art, sculpture, photography, stained glass and paintings.
Local drag performer Anita Minett emceed the ceremonies and entertained the audience. Others read poetry, sang songs or related their experiences of being bullied or being victims of hate and how these events changed their lives.
The exhibit is in tandem with a limited engagement of “The Laramie Project,” which will be performed in Ellicott City on weekends from Oct. 3-12. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of art and “The Laramie Project” will go to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
For more information, visit erasehatethroughart.com.