Amun Ray is a young black multi-platform artist with a stronger focus on visual arts. He was raised within the arts and from a young age he was either painting a picture, writing a story or poem, or on stage performing. For Amun Ray, the arts have always been therapeutic, helping him make sense of the surrounding world. His talents have lead to one of the greatest accomplishments of his life, designing a community park in Wilkinsburg. Overall the arts have always been in his life in one way or another Ray has spent most of his life dealing with both physical and mental health issues, in addition to bullying. Even though he has been painting and drawing from a young age, it wasn’t until 10 did he truly use art-making as expression and an escape. Ray is also a Creative consultant/ artivist for 1hood Media, and teaching artist at Boom Concepts.
My design for, “making connections” sort of came to me the minute I heard about this project. For me, my art is all about, giving a voice to the voiceless and sharing messages. So when I heard that this project was about celebrating differences, I leaped at the opportunity! My final design incorporates so many elements (differences), for example, the pieces are some core values that I believe we should have/ respect. The background is the rainbow which is tribute to my fellow lgbtqia2s+ community. And every hand is different to signify, that it takes all kinds of people to make a strong community. This overall process was very informative for me, to say the least. I am relatively new to this level of artistry , so I made quite a few mistakes along the way. Thankfully the museum was there with their support and advice, every step of the way.