Curator, Rolando Chang Barrero, will be working with Compass Community Center this year on the A Day With(out) art Revisited Exhibition.
The exhibit will run concurrently during the yearly presentation of the NAMES Project Quilt Installation.
Each year, Compass Community Center hosts the largest display of rotating panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in honor of World AIDS Day in South Florida. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest folk art exhibit in the world. This year, we invite you to join us in honoring World AIDS Day during our two week celebration beginning December 1st, with A Day Without Art, the International Day of Mourning and Action in response to the AIDS crisis. Arts organizations, museums, and galleries participate in this international movement by shrouding pieces of art and replacing them with information about HIV prevention and local resources. For more information about this campaign and the origins of Day With(out) Art, please visit www.visuala ids.org.
World AIDS Day serves as a platform to increase awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to inspire positive action through education, testing, and standing in solidarity with those affected by the virus. HIV/AIDS has had a major impact locally and globally:
35 Million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS
Over 1.2 Million people in the U .S. are living with HIV; almost 1 in 8 are unaware of their infection
8,197 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Palm Beach County
5,897 newly diagnosed HIV infections in Florida in 2014
Currently there is an Art Call for the exhibition:
We look forward to collaborating with local artists, arts organizations, museums, galleries, art enthusiasts, and our community to commemorate World AIDS Day like never before.
Tuesday, December 1st
Theme:Day With(out) Art - Call to Action for community artist, galleries, and museums. Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Overview of the event: All artwork will be covered with black cloths. Voices of Pride musical performance, Candlelight Vigil, Calling of the Names , and Quilt Panel Induction of community members that we have lost.
Wednesday, December 2nd Theme: Let's Stop HIV Together Time: 7-9pm
Overview of the event: Unveiling of Art and Opening Ceremony for The Quilt Display . Showcasing artwork that displays emotionally charged, personal perspectives from moments in the public history of HIV/AIDS. Artwork will be donated and auctioned off. Performance by Palm Beach Opera.
Friday, December 4th
Theme: Between The Sheets Discussion Time: 5-7pm
Overview of the event: Between The Sheets serves as a time for 18-29 year old MSM to come and discuss sex and empower each other to make the right decisions about safer sex and relationships.
Friday, December 11th Theme: Start Talking, Stop HIV Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Overview of the event: Join Dr. Bonaparte from FoundCare in a discussion about the pros and cons, myths, and benefits of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).