An 11-year-old artist won the Rochester Pride T-shirt design contest last week — and you can purchase her art over the next week only.
Abigail Sievers, a sixth-grader at Friedell Middle School, submitted a drawing of joyous, multicolored figures celebrating to convey “happiness for everyone and being OK with who you are.”
The T-shirts — proceeds from which will raise money for Rochester Pride 2021 — are on sale at www.bonfire.com/rochester-mn-pride-2021 until April 15.
Sievers learned about the T-shirt contest from her older sister, who also submitted a design for the competition.
“I thought it sounded cool and was interested in participating in Rochester Pride,” Sievers said.
She had been to a Nashville Pridefest in 2019 (“a bit overwhelming because it was so large, but I had a lot of fun”).
“I think it was a good experience, and it exposed me to a lot of new things, like all the different pride flags and their meanings,” she said.
Sievers learned she had won the contest in the middle of a Dungeons and Dragons session with family friends. “I was ecstatic with so many happy feelings,” she said. “I felt like a glitter bomb exploded in me.”
As the contest winner, Sievers and her family will have a booth at the upcoming Pride festival on Sept. 25. Her family plans to sell Pride bracelets — catch them at Mayo Park in the fall!
Rochester Pride will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, from noon to 5 p.m. at Mayo Park. Pride T-shirts, designed by Abigail Sievers, are available at www.bonfire.com/rochester-mn-pride-2021 through April 15.