Posts Tagged ‘It Gets Better’

Favorite Quotes from It Gets Better, Musical edition

August 24, 2011

“When I first came to New York to pursue my acting career, I got a survival job in an office. My first day walking into the office I heard the soundtrack to Barbra Streisand’s Yentl playing through the speakers, and the owner came out, wearing freedom rainbow rings in her ears, and shook my hand. […]

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Artist Puts Money Where Mouth Is, Donates 10% of Exhibition Proceeds to It Gets Better

August 8, 2011

Artwork created in response to gay bullying raises money for foundation combatting anti-gay teen bullying and suicide (New York, NY) Maura McGurk was so moved to hear of the suicides of several teenagers in Fall 2010, bullied because they were gay, or at least thought to be gay, that she began memorializing her anguish for […]

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Maura McGurk Featured in “At the Edge” Magazine

August 5, 2011

The premier issue of At the Edge magazine, an independent art publication which focuses on emerging artists in New York City, features artist Maura McGurk and her crusade against gay bullying. The article discusses McGurk’s July 2011 solo exhibition, entitled Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying. The paintings in the […]

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Lavender Menace Opening

July 15, 2011

The opening reception of Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying was a success! I was honored to have so many people in attendance; despite monsoon-like conditions, the gallery was full of steady foot traffic all night. Among the first visitors were mentors and mentees of True Colors, a non-profit organization […]

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Contemporary Art Explained: Love One Another

July 6, 2011

I’ve been inundated with requests to talk a bit more about the inspiration behind specific pieces…but almost as many people have told me that they enjoy just staring at a piece, and letting feelings wash over them as they try to figure it out. So, this will be instructive for those of you who want […]

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Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying

June 23, 2011

You are invited to join me in taking a stand against gay bullying. I’ll be exhibiting my paintings and donating 10% of any proceeds to the It Gets Better Project. Hope to see you at the opening reception on July 8 in Norwich!

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Favorite Quotes from It Gets Better: A.Y. Daring

June 2, 2011

“I’ve started a project called Focus on the Love. (Like Focus on the Family, except not bat-shit crazy.) Focus on the Love is where you tell me what you love about yourself, and I write you back a love letter. I’ve got hundreds of envelopes and stamps waiting. The goal is to keep writing letters […]

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July is for Patriotism, and for Giving Back, Says Artist

May 26, 2011

July is shaping up to be a charitable month for Maura McGurk; she will donate 10% of proceeds from her art exhibition about anti-gay bullying to The It Gets Better Project, and donate an original artwork which will be auctioned off in support of the New Bedford Art Museum. It Gets Better will promote McGurk’s […]

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It Gets Better Project to Support Maura McGurk’s Solo Art Exhibition

May 25, 2011

The It Gets Better Project, founded by Dan Savage in response to several teen suicides caused by anti-gay bullying in Fall 2010, will support artist Maura McGurk’s solo art exhibition at the Wauregan Gallery in Norwich, CT during July 2011. The exhibition will feature artworks that take a stand against gay bullying. McGurk began this […]

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New Anti-Gay Bullying Painting

May 24, 2011

This painting, part of my series against gay bullying, is called Before and After. Tyler Clementi and the other teens who have committed suicide because of bullying are still on my mind, especially after recent legal action on his case these past couple of weeks related to his former roommate and hallmate. Also, I’m in […]

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Favorite Quotes from It Gets Better, Part 3

May 14, 2011

“As a gay woman of color, I just want to let the youth know that it kind of doesn’t get better. All these straight, rich celebrities, I’m not even going to name them, they can tell you that it gets better because they’ve got money and people don’t care what they do. They’re comin’ from […]

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Favorite Quotes from It Gets Better, Part 2

May 10, 2011

“Okay. Listen up, people. It gets better. You being here makes this world a more blessed place. There’s art to be made. And there are songs to be sung. There’s so much to learn about yourself. There are sexy people to make out with. Yeah. There’s joy coming for you. So stay with us. It […]

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Favorite Quotes from It Gets Better

April 22, 2011

“Transsexual Prairie Girl” by Tamsyn Waterhouse p 123 “It got better when I came out, when I was able to tell my friends and family that I’m still me but I’m not quite who you thought. When I was able to say, “I’m transgender,” it got a lot better. My friends were there for me. […]

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Dan Savage Takes Home Painting About Gay Bullying

April 5, 2011

Dan Savage and Maura McGurk were both profoundly affected by a series of teen suicides in the fall of 2010. The suicides were particularly notable and received national media attention because they occurred in a cluster, and were caused by acute bullying because the boys were thought to be gay. Ever since, Savage and McGurk […]

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Inappropriate Use of the Family Values Card

April 4, 2011

I suppose it was just a matter of time before someone played the family values card where my work was concerned. There are many legitimate reasons why artwork might not fit with a particular venue–you have abstract work while they want to show landscapes, it’s too big, too small, too political, not political enough, does […]

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