Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

"There were conflicting responses to AIDS when it hit. Fear. Blame. Homophobia. Guilt. Denial. A sense of doom. There were also heartwarming offers of care, often from strangers. Quilts. Ribbons. Memorials. Banding together. And running away. Some who were sick withdrew, some partied. Some said good bye and tidied things up, some maxed their cards and danced. Some got sicker and sicker while friends either vanished or attended, and wept. Some took their lives alone or with the help of others who hated what they were asked to do. Confusion. Despair. Hope. Anger. Activism. Protest. Exhaustion. Enormous sadness. It was a very hard time, when we learned a lot about truth and love. Thank god for the art." Philip Yenawine
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From the Blog
Sep 13, 2020

Strip AIDS 2020

A series of new comics addressing contemporary aspects of the ongoing HIV pandemic, commissioned by Visual AIDS and curated by Paul Sammut. → Read More
Sep 11, 2020

Goodbye, Summer... Hello, Fall

Since shifting to working from home in March 2020, we have adapted our programs to the realities and urgencies of this year. We wanted to share a quick recap of what we've been up to over the past few months, and a preview of what's to come this fall. → Read More
Jun 5, 2020

An Open Letter to Our Community

Visual AIDS responds to recent anti-Black violence and commits to producing a long-term plan for addressing racism and white supremacy within our organizational structures and practices. → Read More
Jun 5, 2020

Take action, donate, and learn what white supremacy looks like

In tandem with our open letter to the Visual AIDS community, we are sharing a list of resources, links, and actions in response to recent anti-Black police violence, as well as past Visual AIDS projects that have worked to address the lack of representation of Black artists in cultural histories of AIDS. → Read More

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications - while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.