ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS seeks to reflect the persisting urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing political concerns. In their commissioned videos, organizations address intersecting issues including anti-Black violence, HIV criminalization, homelessness, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. At a moment of growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines.

Day With(out) Art 2018 public programming and resource guide is supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant. 

Save the date for Visual AIDS Marquee Screenings:

World AIDS Day, December 1: Premiere at SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011), 7:30pm, screening event followed by a discussion with Nick Faust and Christian Hendricks (ACT UP NY); Christopher Paul Jordan, Jamika Scott, and Jaleesa Trapp (Tacoma Action Collective); and Wanda Hernandez-Parks (VOCAL-NY), moderated by Pato Hebert (NYU Art & Public Policy). Seating on a first come, first served basis. (fb)

December 4: NYC Uptown Screening at Sugarhill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling (898 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10032) in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem, 6:30pm, screening event followed by discussion with Michelle Lopez (Just Kids), Cedric Sturdevant (The SPOT), and Frederick Weston (Visual AIDS Artist Member), moderated by Lauren Kelley (Director and Chief Curator of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling). (fb) (RSVP)

December 8: The Broad, Los Angeles (Oculus Hall, 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012), December 8, 2pm, LA premiere followed by a discussion with Grissel Granados (Positive Women's Network – USA), Ayako Ochoa (Southern California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center), Naomi Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation), and Phill Wilson (Black AIDS Institute), moderated by Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art Project Manager Kyle Croft. (RSVP)

December 15: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611), December 15, 7pm, screening event followed by panel with Visual AIDS Board Member Pamela Sneed, Visual AIDS Programs Director Alex Fialho, and Chicago-based artists/activists. (RSVP)

With ~100 additional screenings around the world:

If you're interested in screening ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS through your organization, or highlighting the project through your social media platforms, please contact Day With(out) Art Project Manager, Kyle Croft: [email protected] or 212-627-9855. 

The video program will be provided free of charge, with technical and presentation logistics coordinated with you by Visual AIDS.

Screening Locations:

New York, NY

World AIDS Day, December 1: Premiere at SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011), 7:30pm, screening event followed by a discussion with Nick Faust and Christian Hendricks (ACT UP NY); Christopher Paul Jordan, Jamika Scott, and Jaleesa Trapp (Tacoma Action Collective); and Wanda Hernandez-Parks (VOCAL-NY), moderated by Pato Hebert (NYU Art & Public Policy). Seating on a first come, first served basis.(link) (fb)

December 4: NYC Uptown Screening at Sugarhill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling (898 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10032) in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem, 6:30pm, screening event followed by discussion with Michelle Lopez (Just Kids), Cedric Sturdevant (The SPOT), and Frederick Weston (Visual AIDS Artist Member), moderated by Lauren Kelley (Director and Chief Curator of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling). (link) (fb) (RSVP)

BRIC (Gallery/Stoop, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217), December 1, 1–6pm, looping presentation. (fb)

Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238), December 1, 8–10pm, looping presentation during First Saturday programming. (link)

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe  (126 Crosby, New York, NY 10012), December 1, 10am–5pm, looping presentation.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (Living Room Gallery, 26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013), December 1–2, noon–6pm, looping presentation.

Museum of Arts and Design (Theater, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019), December 1, 10am–5pm, looping presentation. (link)

New Museum (New Museum Theater, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002), December 1, 11am–6pm, looping presentation. (link)

New York University (721 Broadway, 665 Broadway, and 111 Second Ave, New York, NY 10013), November 30—December 1, looping presentation.

Allentown, PA

F.A.C.T.—Fighting AIDS Continuously Together (Grace Episcopal Church, 108 North 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18102), December 6, 6:30pm, looping presentation.

Annandale on Hudson, NY

CCS Bard (Classroom 102, 30 Campus Road, Annandale on Hudson, NY 12504), November 30, 2pm, screening event.

Bellingham, WA

Pickford Film Center (Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225), 43435, 2:30pm, screening event presented as part of The Queens' Vernacular. (link)

Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo Queer Studies Research Workshop (UB Center for the Arts, 112, 103 Center For The Arts, Buffalo, NY 14260), November 30, 7pm, screening event.

Burien, WA

Scarlet Ibis Gallery (447 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA 98166), December 1, 10am–8pm, looping presentation.

Calgary, Canada

Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9 Ave. SE , Calgary, Canada T2G 0H7), December 2, 3pm, screening event. (link)

Cambridge, MA

Harvard Art Museums (Menschel Hall, Lower Level, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 2138), December 1, 2pm, screening event. (link) (fb)

Champaign, IL

Krannert Art Museum (Main level, lobby, 500 East Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL 61820), November 30–December 1, 10am–4pm, looping presentation. (link)

The Art Theater (126 W Church St, Champaign, IL 61820), December 1, 12pm, screening event followed by conversation with Mike Benner (Executive Director, Greater Community AIDS Project), Nancy Johnson (HIV Prevention Program Coordinator, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District), Megan Scoville (Community Engagement Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of Illinois), Ryan Wade (School of Social Work, University of Illinois), moderated by Amy L. Powell (curator of modern and contemporary art, Krannert Art Museum). Presented by The Art Theater, Krannert Art Museum, the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, and the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Illinois and co-sponsored by UP Center of Champaign County and the Women's Resources Center. (link)

Chicago, IL

December 15: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611), December 15, 7pm, screening event followed by panel with Visual AIDS Board Member Pamela Sneed, Visual AIDS Programs Director Alex Fialho, and Chicago-based artists/activists. (link) (RSVP)

International Museum of Surgical Science (4th Floor, Screening Room, 1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610), December 1, 10am–5pm, looping presentation.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sullivan Galleries (7th floor, 33 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60603), November 30–December 1, 11am–6pm, looping presentation. (link)

Claremont, CA

Pomona College Museum of Art (Rembrandt Hall 104, 330 N. College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711), November 29, 4–7pm, looping presentation in conjunction with other World AIDS Day activities—painting with prophylactics (condoms), creating hygiene bags, luminary bag decorating for candlelight vigil.

Columbus, OH

Wexner Center for the Arts (The Box, 1871 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210), December 1, 11am–8pm, looping presentation. (link)

Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus Museum of Art, Pavilion, 2nd floor, 480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215), November 29, 6pm, screening event introduced by community partners. (link)

Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design (Auditorium, 60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215), December 1, noon–6pm, looping presentation. (link)

Denver, CO

Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver (2121 E. Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80201), November 14, 4pm, screening event followed by a discussion.

Dresden, Germany

Hygiene-Museum Dresden (Lingnerplatz 1, Dresden, Germany 01069), November 26–December 17, 10am–6pm, looping presentation.

Edmonton, Canada

HIV Edmonton (Rutherford Library North, University of Alberta, 1st Floor Rutherford North Learning Library, 90 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2J4), November 30, 10am–3pm, looping presentation on the hour. 2pm screening will be followed by a round table discussion with HIV Edmonton.

Fort Worth, TX

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Auditorium, 3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX 76107), December 1, 2pm, screening event.

The Art Galleries at TCU (Moudy Building North, Room 132, TCU School of Art, 2805 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129), November 30, 11am–4pm, looping presentation. (link)

Grand Rapids, MI

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (Fed Galleries, 1st Floor, Woodbridge N. Ferris building, 17 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503), December 1, 2–4pm, looping presentation; additional presentation on December 3, 11am–1pm. (link)

Hartford, CT

Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106), November 30, 5:30pm, screening event followed by community dialogue with HIV/AIDS advocates. (link) (fb)

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College LGBT Center (Ithaca College LGBT Center, Resource Room, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850), November 30, 1–3pm, looping presentation.

Iowa City, IA

Public Space One (Wesley Center, Lower Level, 120 N. Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52245), December 1, noon–4pm, looping presentation with NAMES quilt display, discussion posters, and information about local HIV/AIDS organizations. (link) (fb)

Istanbul, Turkey

Pera Museum (Pera Museum Auditorium, Mesrutiyet Caddesi No:65, Istanbul, Tepebasi - Beyoglu 34430), December 1, 3pm, screening event. Additional screening on December 5, 7pm. (link)

Jackson, MS

Jackson Medical Mall (Jackson State University School of Public Health, 2nd Floor Lecture Hall, 350 W Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson, MS 39213), December 1, 2:30pm, screening event.

Kettering, OH

Rosewood Arts Centre (2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, OH 45420), December 1, 9am–5pm, looping presentation. (link)

Las Cruces, NM

New Mexico State University (CMI Theatre, 2915 McFie Circle, Las Cruces, NM 88003), November 30, 11am, screening event with introduction by Marisa Sage (University Art Gallery), Dr. Laura Anh Williams (Gender and Sexuality Studies), and Dr. M. Catherine Jonet (Gender and Sexuality Studies) in collaboration with Amy Lanasa (Creative Media Institute) and the students of the introductory film studies course Cinema Review. This event is a co-presentation between the University Art Gallery, Department of Art, Creative Media Institute, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University.

Los Angeles, CA

December 8: The Broad (Oculus Hall, 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012), December 8, 2pm, LA premiere followed by a conversation with Grissel Granados (Positive Women's Network – USA), Ayako Ochoa (Southern California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center), Naomi Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation), and Phill Wilson (Black AIDS Institute), moderated by Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art Project Manager Kyle Croft. (link) (RSVP)

Chapman University (Cross-Cultural Center, Argyros Forum 304, 1 University Dr, Orange, CA 92866), November 26, 2pm, screening event.

Louisville, KY

Speed Art Museum (Speed Cinema, 2035 S. 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40208), December 1, 1pm, screening event.

Madison, WI

UW-Madison, Gender & Women's Studies Dept. (Arts + Literature Laboratory, Maiahaus Project Space, 402 East Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703), December 1, 7pm, screening event.

Madrid, Spain

La Nave Sánchez-Ubiría (Calle Valentín Beato 11, bajo B, Madrid, Spain 28037), December 1, 7:30pm, screening event and talk by Manuel Segade, followed by DJ set by JOVENDELAPERLA.

Manchester, UK

Superbia (LGBT Foundation, The Group Room, 5 Richmond Street , Manchester, Great Britain M1 3HF), 43435, 4:30pm, screening event followed by World AIDS Day Vigil around the corner in Sackville Park. (link)

Melbourne, Australia

Hare and Hyenas (Hare and Hyenas, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia 3065), November 29–December 3, 9am–6pm, looping presentation. (link)

Memphis, TN

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104), December 1, 12pm, looping presentation. (link)

University of Memphis (Department of Art, ACB Monitors, 3715 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38152), December 1, looping presentation.

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College Museum of Art (Middlebury College Mahaney Center for the Arts, 125, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury, VT 5753), December 6, 7pm, screening event followed by group discussion. After the screening, the conversation will continue in the Middlebury College Museum of Art, where we will look at and discuss the print "Silence = Death," designed by Keith Haring for ACT UP. (link)

Montreal, Canada

SéroSyndicat/BloodUnion (Amphitheatre EV1.605, Concordia University, 1515 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Canada H3G2W1), November 29, 7pm, screening event with post-screening discussion hosted by SéroSyndicat/BloodUnion. Selected works presented with French subtitles. Tea and cookies available from 6:30pm. (link) (fb)

Northampton, MA

Smith College Museum of Art (The Poetry Center at Smith College, Wright Hall 102, College Lane, Northampton, MA 01063), December 1, 1:30pm, screening event followed by group discussion with artist Macon Reed around the theme of organizing community through creative practice.

Ogden, UT

Weber State University (Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, Kimball Visual Arts Building - Shaw Gallery, 3964 W. Campus Drive, Dept. 2001, Ogden, UT 84408), November 30–December 14, noon–5pm, daily looping presentation, Monday–Saturday.

Olympia, WA

The Evergreen State College — First Peoples Multicultural, Trans & Queer Support Services (Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 2, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, WA 98505), December 1, 7pm, screening event.

Omaha, NE

The Union for Contemporary Art (Theater, 2423 North 24th Street, Omaha, NE 68110), December 1, 1:00 PM, screening event followed by panel discussion; looping presentation throughout the day. (link)

Ottowa, Canada

SAW Video Media Art Centre (Knot Project Space, 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B9), December 1, 6:30pm, screening event followed by a discussion moderated by Ryan Conrad. Presented as part of 'The Common Cinema' - a five-day series of consecutive screenings with community partners at Knot Project Space. (link) (fb)

Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs Art Museum (101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262), November 29, 6pm, screening event. (link)

Philadelphia, PA

Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia (Tuttleman Auditorium, 118 S 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104), 43435, 11am, screening event followed by conversation with Abdul-Aliy Muhammad of Philadelphia’s Black and Brown Cooperative and Jose de Marco of ACT UP Philadelphia on the intersections of AIDS activism and advocacy and community organizing for people of color. (link)

William Way LGBT Community Center (Philadelphia Room, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107), December 1, noon–5pm, looping presentation.

Pittsburgh, PA

The Andy Warhol Museum (Warhol Theater, 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212), December 1, 10am–5pm, looping presentation. (link) (fb)

Portland, OR

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) (15 NE Hancock St, Portland, OR 97212), December 1, 7pm, screening event.

Poznań, Poland

Galeria Miejska Arsenał (Stary Rynek 6, Poznań, Poland 61-772), December 1, 5pm, screening event. (link) (fb)

Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University (Bowe Street Deck, Room 535, 609 Bowe St, Richmond, VA 23284), December 3, 12pm, screening event followed by a discussion with Christine Cynn, VCU Dept. of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Ari Laoch, Health Brigade; Rodney Lofton, Diversity Richmond; and Noah Simblist, VCU Dept. of Painting + Printmaking. The panelists will respond to the screening, speak to local AIDS activism and advocacy and elucidate its relationship to other national communities. Co-sponsored by Dept. of Painting + Printmaking and Dept. of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. (link)

San Francisco, CA

SFMOMA's Open Space (http://openspace.sfmoma.org, 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103), November 30–December 2, all day, homepage takeover. (link)

Savannah, GA

Telfair Museums (Jepson Center for the Arts, Nieses Auditorium, 207 W York Street, Savannah, GA 31401), December 1, 10am–5pm, looping presentation.

Seattle, WA

Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104), November 29, 7pm, screening event, followed by panel discussion with Cana Caldwell of Tacoma Action Collective, Louis Shackelford, and Stephaun E. Wallace, moderated by Negarra A. Kudumu, Manager of Public Programs. (link)

St. Louis, Missouri

The Griot Museum of Black History (2505 St. Louis Ave, St. Louis, MO 63106), November 30, 7pm, screening event followed by a panel discussion featuring activists from St. Louis. (link)

Tacoma, WA

The Grand Cinema (Theater 4, 606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402), November 28, 6:30pm, screening event followed by discussion with the Tacoma Action Collective and event sponsors the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. (link)

Tokyo, Japan

Normal Screen (Community center akta, 301, Shinjuku 2-15-13, Tokyo, Japan), December 9, 7pm, screening event. (link)

Utrecht, Netherlands

Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons (Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht, Netherlands 3512PA), December 1, 2pm, screening event.

Victoria, Canada

Vancouver Island PWA Society (VPWAS) (The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B6), December 1, 6pm, screening event. (link)

Washington, DC

Studio House at Walbridge (3229 Walbridge PL NW, Washington, DC 20010), December 1, 6pm, third annual community potluck gathering, followed by screening event and discussion. (link)

Day With(out) Art 2018 logo designed by Nelson Santos

Commissioned Organizations:

AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) NY (New York, NY) is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals, united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. ACT UP was formed in 1987 in response to social neglect, government negligence and the complacency of the medical establishment during the 1980s. Soon it found itself needing to fight corporate greed, lack of solidarity and various forms of stigma and discrimination at home and abroad. ACT UP fights for: sustained investment in research for new medicines and treatments for HIV/AIDS and related co-infections; equitable access to prevention and care for HIV/AIDS and healthcare, in general; tackling the structural drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, such as stigma, discrimination and poverty.

Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN)is a national membership body of women living with HIV and allies that exists to strengthen the strategic power of all women living with HIV in the United States. Founded in 2008 by 28 diverse women leaders living with HIV, PWN-USA develops a leadership pipeline and policy agenda that applies a gender lens to the domestic HIV epidemic grounded in social justice and human rights. Every day, PWN-USA inspires, informs and mobilizes women living with HIV to advocate for changes that improve lives and uphold rights.

Sero Project is a U.S.-based network of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. Sero is particularly focused on ending the inappropriate use of one's HIV status in criminal prosecutions of PLHIV, including for non-disclosure and potential or perceived HIV exposure or HIV transmission. With the Positive Women's Network – USA, Sero produces the biennial HIV is Not a Crime training academy to support advocates mobilizing at the grassroots level for HIV criminalization reform.

Safe Place Over Time (The SPOT)(Jackson, MS) is dedicated to providing services and opportunities for wellness, empowerment, and leadership to young men in Jackson, Mississippi. The program aims to improve health outcomes and reduce new cases of HIV among African Americans who are disproportionately affected by the epidemic. The SPOT strives to be a safe place for young men to openly discuss issues and challenges and to work to improve their quality of life and to promote the concept of self-worth. The SPOT is housed in the Jackson Medical Mall, a former shopping mall that now provides healthcare for the underserved and promotes economic and community development.

Tacoma Action Collective (Tacoma, WA) is a partnership of Black community organizers working in grassroots action and education in Washington State. TAC works to to eliminate systemic oppression and structural violence while empowering the people to build autonomous communities rooted in equity and justice. In 2015, the collective staged a die-in at the Tacoma Art Museum in response to the white-washing of the exhibition Art, AIDS, America.

VOCAL (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders) (New York, NY) is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, the drug war, homelessness, and mass incarceration in order to create healthy and just communities. VOCAL accomplishes this through community organizing, leadership development, public education, direct services, participatory research and direct action.

Video Synopses

ACT UP NY for ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018

Since 1987, ACT UP NY has held weekly Monday meetings. In 2018, an arm of the collective organized #HIVPreventionDay in conjunction with Prep4All, calling on Gilead Sciences to release their patent for Truvada, a drug that has the ability to reduce HIV transmission by 99%. In this video, the ACT UP Graphics and Visual Tactics Working Group pairs audio from planning meetings with seven sites of queer history in New York while explicating the values and strategies the collective uses to build power.

Positive Women’s Network – USA for ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018

Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN) is a national membership body of women living with HIV and allies that exists to strengthen the strategic power of all women living with HIV in the United States. In this video, women reflect on how collective creative projects have helped them create comfortable, intimate spaces where they can build community and provide support for each other while also working to advocate for changes that improve lives and uphold rights.

Sero Project for ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018

The Sero Project is a U.S.-based network of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. Sero is particularly focused on ending the inappropriate use of one's HIV status in criminal prosecutions of PLHIV, including for non-disclosure, potential or perceived HIV exposure or HIV transmission. The 2018 conference, co-produced with Positive Women’s Network-USA, included a showcase of visual art and poetry made by advocates working against HIV criminalization.

VOCAL for ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018

VOCAL (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders) is a New York-based grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people in order to create healthy and just communities. VOCAL is intentional in drawing connections between homelessness and the HIV and AIDS epidemic, understanding that access to housing impacts access to medication and the ability to maintain a regimen. In this video, VOCAL explains how it uses political theater and direct action as creative tactics to address housing policies as part of their work to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

The SPOT for ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018

The SPOT (Safe Place Over Time) is dedicated to providing services and opportunities for wellness, empowerment, and leadership to young men in Jackson, Mississippi. 40 percent of gay and bisexual men in Jackson, the majority of them black, are living with HIV—the nation’s highest rate. Housed in the Jackson Medical Mall among healthcare and service providers, The SPOT offers a place for young men to openly discuss issues and challenges, work to improve their quality of life, and to promote the concept of self-worth in a variety of ways, including dance and creative expression.

Tacoma Action Collective for ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018

Tacoma Action Collective is a partnership of Black community organizers working in grassroots action and education. This video chronicles how the collective organized in response to the whitewashing of the exhibition Art, AIDS, America at the Tacoma Art Museum. The collective also reflects on their work at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in South Africa, responding to interconnected structural violences with the demand #StopErasingBlackPeople.