In 2014, near thirty-three years into the AIDS epidemic, the conversation has come all too repetitive. Though breakthroughs in scientiﬁc research have lead us to longer lifespans and closer to a cure, those are not the only things we remain fighting for. For the past three decades both HIV and AIDS have been misinterpreted and miscommunicated within schools, media, word of mouth and en masse the places young adults occupy the most, leaving those not of the AIDS generation with loose ends and faulty information.
Through education and engagement through art we can continue the conversation, encourage prevention and empower persons coming into an age where they are most at risk. Through the arts we inspire young people to think more critically about how HIV and AIDS effects us all and not solely those that carry the virus by looking at AIDS art and media of the past that has either helped strengthen the movement as well as pieces that held us back. AIDS is everywhere, it is all of our history and we seek to create a more full, inclusive and honest one we can all relate to.
In support of the New York Public Library's exhibition, Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism, creativity-based workshops in NYPL branches across Manhattan and the Bronx include a presentation from the artist about their work, a discussion about the role art plays within the AIDS movement, and an opportunity for teens to make art. For ages 12 to 18 years old.