Ellsworth High School students bring Pride Month to life with art

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 10:43 PM EDT
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ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) - June is pride month, and Ellsworth High School students are celebrating in an artistic way.

Ellsworth High School’s Gender/Sexuality Diversity Alliance has created A Pride Zoo inside Knowlton Park.

18 animal sculptures are painted in the colors of various pride flags that represent the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Students as well as parents and other community members joined in on creating the sculptures that will be on display for the entire month of June.

Carrie Kutny, who coordinated the project, says she hopes the pride zoo will have a positive impact on the Community.

“Really this is sort of a two fold project, the first thing is to celebrate pride and diversity and inclusivity. The second thing is really to sort of raise awareness to bullying issues that students in the LGBTQ community suffer far more than their straight and cisgender peers,” Kutny said.

Students also spoke about the project.

“It’s good to see a lot of support, and it’s good to raise awareness for a lot of the issues that LGBTQ youth go through,” Elizabeth Ford, an Ellsworth 10th grader, said.

“I feel there is a lot of people that need support with this, and a lot of people now a days aren’t getting much support with it. I feel like this helps a lot of people,” Griffith Young, an 8th grader, said.

Ellsworth pride is hosting a pride festival at the park on June 13th from 1 to 5 p.m.

The sculptures will be GSDA’s contribution to the festival.

Food and entertainment will also available.

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