About The Project

Colors of Progress is an artwork by Phil AMERICA inspired by the many sacrifices and accomplishments made by LGBTq+ people since the Stonewall Riots occurred 50 years ago this June. During this moment of triumph and reflection we think it is a vital time to center voices that deserve increased visibility as we look toward the future of our movement. Using flags as a canvas and a color palette that emphasizes a more meaningful inclusion of marginalized groups, we aim to create a visual oral history that can be featured at Pride celebrations around the country. Through archival research and present-day interviews, the flags will feature excerpted text connecting notable and unheralded historical figures with contemporary LGBTQ+ people. To emphasize the importance of inclusion in our movement we have assigned each color of flag to a subset of the LGBTQ+ community that we believe deserves increased visibility. We hope that the installation will provide passerby an opportunity to contemplate the experiences, dreams, and struggles of LGBTQ+ people and spotlight people on the margins whose voices deserve to be heard. The project is produced by Tre Borden Co.

The project will appear in the following locations:

Sacramento, CA

Capitol Mall between 9th and 10th Streets
June 3 - June 4

Outside the office of Governor Gavin Newsom's at the California State Capital building
June 3 - June 30

the governor’s mansion state historic park
June 3 - June 30

Los Angeles, CA

Santa Monica, Third Street Promenade
May 24-June 30

 

Santa Monica Pier
May 31-June 30

 

LA Pride Festival
June 7 - June 9

Los Angeles Athletic Club
June 6

SoHo House West Hollywood
June 9

SoHo House malibu
July 9

WORLD PRIDE
New York, NY

Human Rights Conference, New York Law School
June 24

 

Pride Fest, Astor Place
June 30

Birmingham, AL

Raleigh, NC

Des Moines, IA

TALKS

LOS ANGELES

SoHo House West Hollywood
June 6

NYC

Alley NYC
June 27