During the month of February, Visual AIDS hosted three nights of condom pack making in our offices. Each week a different community member hosted, inviting their friends, and leading discussion. Chips were ate, jokes were told, Beyonce videos watched, friendships formed, hugs felt, and condoms packs made.

If you want to host a condom pack making event at the Visual AIDS office or in another space, email programs manager Ted Kerr at tkerr@visualaids.org.

For more information on Play Smart, including images of the art work, links to the related essays and recorded event, visit the PLAY SMART IV webpage.

Play Smart Community Host Bios

Ella Boureau is a writer, teacher and translator living in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Queer Art Mentorship and runs the online magazine and reading series: In the Flesh. You can see her work there, as well as on The Rumpus, Huffington Post, Pretty Queer and Fullstop.

Timothy DuWhite likes to describe himself as simply one raucous heart just trying to unlearn all of the noise he has made. Through mistakes, short-comings, and failures Timothy has been able to fashion himself a body of work that speaks directly to the value of transparency and self-accountability. Timothy works as the newest Program Coordinator at Urban Word NYC; a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy in the youth through the use of writing workshops and Hip Hop as a means of pedagogy. Timothy has dedicated his journey of both artist-hood as well as person-hood to the preservation of story, to our stories. Timothy believes that by sharing our individual experiences and maintaining a dialogue of honesty amongst ourselves we can better navigate this behemoth we call life.

Zachary Frater is an artist, writer, curator and performer. He curated the exhibition, HARD OPENING for HONEST BODIES, art and writing by queer artists of color and allies.