The event Stories of the Past, Stories of the Present: Honoring World AIDS Day was held virtually on December 1, 2020, and hosted in partnership with The AIDS Memorial Pathway (The AMP) and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center to reflect on the impact of AIDS.
There are approximately 38 million people currently living with HIV worldwide and millions more we have lost to the AIDS epidemic. The program included the dedication of the first completed artwork for The AMP in Seattle, with artist/poet Storme Webber, community members, and performers. The focus then shifted to the upcoming Through Positive Eyes: My Photo: My HIV Story exhibition at the Discovery Center, with artivists (artists + activists) who shared their personal stories of living with HIV.
As part of the event, we curated a list of resources for attendees to take action and continue to engage on this topic.
“House of Angels – Living with AIDS at the Bailey-Boushay House: 1992-1995, 1997” | Sandra Hoover and Saul Bromberger’s photography collection of more than 100 photos from the Seattle-based Bailey-Boushay House, the nation’s first care facility for people living with AIDS.
Mountain West AIDS Education & Training Center | Project ECHO
“Red Hot + Blue” | Tribute album to Cole Porter to benefit AIDS research and relief, released in 1990.
“Larry Kramer, Playwright and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84: He sought to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency and foresaw that it could kill millions regardless of sexual orientation” by Daniel Lewis. Read more.
Entre Hermanos | “To promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy, and community building.”
Gay City | “Cultivates access and connections to promote self-determination, liberation, and joy in our communities.”
POZ | “An award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Offering daily news, treatment updates, personal profiles, investigative features, videos, blogs and an extensive online social network.” https://www.poz.com/
The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway | “Uses public art and technology to create a place for remembrance and reflection in Seattle about the AIDS epidemic.”