On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the ICI will recognize World AIDS Day through a number of community-based activities.
ICI OPEN HOUSE FEATURING THE AIDS CHRONICLES
Stop by the ICI from 4-6pm on Thursday December 1, 2016 to witness the completion of the 2001 AIDS Chronicle, designed and ‘bound’ by artist Martin Gantman. The complete pages that comprise the year (sans articles) will be burned onsite before being transferred to their permanent holding container along with all of the articles for the year that mention either HIV or AIDS.
Past and future (in-process) editions will also be available for viewing during the open house. Light refreshments will be served.
The ICI will showcase objects from its Ephemera Kabinett related to the AIDS activism in its online laboratory.
The ICI twitter feed will feature a first/last line from a book in our library focused on the AIDS pandemic
ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS TO PAINT
Members of the community can help support the ICI’s longest-running project, the AIDS Chronicles, through an online page-painting campaign. Supporters can digitally paint pages of the Chronicle for as little as $2.50/page.
check out our list of resources for AIDS education, testing, and treatment.
WHAT IS WORLD AIDS DAY?
Since 1988, World AIDS day has inspired people to engage their community to dialogue about HIV/AIDS. Organizations and individuals’ worldwide initiate and build methods for productive conversations that serve to memorialize, celebrate, and educate their communities. Globally, of the estimated 35 million people infected with HIV, 3.2 million are children and 19 million don’t know they have HIV. More than 39 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Despite the advances in retroviral drugs and the implementation of legislation safeguarding the civil rights of those with HIV and AIDS, many people remain ignorant about risks and preventative measures. Stigma and discrimination remain a reality for those afflicted. Despite the number of people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS each year —according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 2.1 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2013 — the issue receives less and less attention from the media. On December 1 of each year, World AIDS day serves as a global platform to remind the public and governments that HIV has not gone away, and if eradication is to be its future, now is a time for vigilance, education, and hope. Events in honor of World AIDS Day include art exhibits, rallies, seminars, “free-days” at clinics, memorials and tactical events.