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Nurturing artistic journeys to hope & joy in visual stories of love & compassionate courage.

 

Artists Michael Pilato and Yuriy Karabash, have led a collaborative team in the creation of a unique mural, created in response to the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. In cooperation with the City of Orlando, Orange County and the owners of the club, the mural was unveiled for the first time in public exactly one year later at Pulse.  This video documents the installation and reception of family and friends who gathered together to take part in the collective healing the artwork inspires. This mural, a living work in progress, caputures the first leg of a historic story in the greater community's resilent journey as Orlando Strong....Orlando United.

 

Inspiration Orlando is about utilizing public art to transform events, too often tragic, into visual shared history with stories of treasured lives, inspirational responses and selfless acts of leadership and love.

The mission utilizes a multi-faceted program to encourage diverse community engagement and unity, to develop compassionate action through grief and recovery, and to foster the adoption of joy-filled creative expression in public spaces.

 
 

Interactive Murals

Documentary Film

Augmented Reality App

Educational Curriculum

 
 

A DAY OF LOVE & KINDNESS

On June 12, 2017, Orlando United Day, during the public commemoration at Pulse Nightclub and then at Lake Eola - the team of Inspiration Orlando realized a deep desire - warming hearts, lifting spirits and bringing smiles.

On a day, so difficult for so many, the result of artistic collaboration brought visual grace and joy to the struggle with sorrow.  The healing power of art and impact of helping hands enriched the heritage of hospitality in our world class city. 

Since that time, vibrant collaboration continues with the expansion of the project and the development of other programs. Stay tuned for exciting details. In the years to come, Orlando and the surrounding communities will grow a series of 49 artistic responses, in a variety of geographic destinations, with a featured Grand Mural to be installed in the heart of the Central Florida region.

 
Healing requires being able to put traumatic events in context. After events such as the Pulse shooting, it is important for people to come together and share their grief but also reinforce their belief in the goodness of humanity. The mural project will allow everyone to contribute to honoring those souls that we lost and those who were injured. More importantly, it will allow our community to come together and remember that love will always win.
— Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP, Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida