Author, Angi Perretti, on a mission to inspire the cultural history of the City Beautiful, and as an instrumental participant to join others in promoting Orlando to a world-class arts community, Angi makes an individual cultural contribution to the community she endears by creating
this laughter-inspiring, skyscape-hopping cartoon character…“AngiArts.”
“AngiArts” responds in solidarity to #OrlandoStrong, #OrlandoUnited, #PrayForOrlando—a city overwhelmed under the dark clouds of grief and sorrow. It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences for all the innocent lives lost on June 12, 2016, and sincere sympathies to their precious families and friends who have suffered the most. Amen, I pray for those injured whose lives and thoughts will be impacted forever.
“AA” commends our city and county officials for taking command. I commend all the first responders--police, sheriff, fire, doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, blood banks, media—too extensive to list, BUT we all know who they are. They are US. “AA” joins the Orlando community with gratitude and love to commend all the compassionate “acts of kindnesses” extended by all those near and afar. I am proud to be a citizen in support of #OrlandoUnited.
Today, as I launch the Second Edition of “The Identity of “AngiArts,” I am in awe. “AngiArts” is a community art project that I started back in 2006. It has taken me 10 years to rewrite the First Edition and to launch this community art project once again in 2016…because I just didn’t get it quite right the first time around. Last year, when I began to edit the Second Edition, never in a million years would I have ever imagined that the aura of “AA” would land in downtown Orlando at this precise moment in its cultural history.
As our central Florida community awakens to heightened demands for the acceptance of diverse individual identities, we are delegated to an egalitarian spirit of unity. All together, we are assigned an awareness for the sacredness of the human personality and the sanctity of human life. #OrlandoUnited is unified and resolved to simply redefine the raw definition of love for one another, and we are faced with challenges on how to preserve this ideal into perpetuity.
As designer and creator, “AA” is on a mission to inspire the cultural history of the City Beautiful. Orlando’s core culture—the peacefulness and harmony of its landscape—is evolving every day. It continues…but yet, it begins inside each and every one of us to claim love and harmony within all peoples. We relish our individual pursuits of happiness to claim our true identity, as we rally the challenges we face to achieve them.
Simply put, customs and culture evolve by human artistic inspirations. In sync, “AA” beckons every mind to flourish upon their own artistic inspirations, that can only emanate from the depths of our souls, and share this with the community we love and in which we live. This harbors unity with art in its simplest form. This is the mission of “AngiArts.”
P.S. #OrlandoUnited, I want to present this art project to you, and I dedicate it to our City Beautiful. I am living my true destiny. If we can believe in magic for just a moment, #OrlandoStrong must have needed some serious “genie-magic” really bad from the Almighty Centurion Genie! For this is a community art project that cannot be shared without the gifts and talents of all its peoples…in communion with love for one another.
J. Douglas Barker, AuthorTalk Radio
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Lake Eola House
512 E. Washington Street