For 25 years Visual AIDS has been working with artists, advocates, and friends like YOU, to lead the way in making a difference, using art to provoke change, and raise AIDS awareness. In this season of sharing, we want to thank you for all you do, and ask for your continued support.

In 1988, when Visual AIDS was founded, our community was both devastated by the AIDS crisis, and united in love, loss, and anger. A quarter of a century later, I am heartened by advances made in AIDS advocacy, science, and education. But even NOW, we continue to fight many of the same battles and face new struggles.

In 2012, we challenged this through our exhibitions, events and programs. You can read more about all these programs on this website, including:
ReMixed Messages curated by John Chaich, Washington, DC
Undetectable curated by Nathan Lee and Rachel Cook, La MaMa La Galleria, NYC
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP by Jim Hubbard, worldwide
Frank Moore: Together in Art & Activism panel discussion, Fales Library, NYC
NOT OVER: You, Me, Us and AIDS, The New School, NYC
Materials Grants to artists living with HIV
Play Smart trading cards and AIDS IS... tote bags as part of our Print+ Edition series
And, of course, we are excited about the launch of this new website, and the digitization of the Visual AIDS Artist Registry.

We also have new staff changes. Esther McGowan joined Visual AIDS as our Associate Director. She brings to Visual AIDS a rich history of New York’s art scene and a strong background in events and cultural development. Ted Kerr has raised the bar as Programs Manager, building new alliances with diverse communities.

As I step into my new position as Executive Director, I am inspired by how much the generosity and creativity of artists continues to shape and drive AIDS activism. Art is unmatched as a tool for provoking dialogue and communicating across cultural, ideological, and generational divides.

What’s NEXT for 2013? We'll start off our 25th year with Postcards from the Edge, January 25-27. Visual AIDS will produce new publications and artist projects, our first co-sponsored curatorial residency program, and NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS a series of exhibitions and pubic programs bringing together the rich cultural history of the epidemic, along with contemporary realities.

Our work is not over, because AIDS IS NOT OVER. But we cannot continue without your support. Please consider making a year-end gift today. Every donation makes change possible. Click here to support Visual AIDS.

Sincerely,
Nelson Santos
Executive Director
Visual AIDS

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