Through producing and presenting visual arts projects, exhibitions, publications, and public forums, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully engaged in creating dialogue and scholarship around HIV/AIDS today - while preserving a visual record of the work of HIV+ artists and supporting the creation of new artwork.

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Day Without Art

December 1st is Day With(out) Art, held each year as an international day of action and awareness in response to the AIDS crisis.
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Visual AIDS Archive and Artist Registry

The Visual AIDS Archive and Artist Registry is the largest database and registry of works by HIV+ visual artists.
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Books & Catalogues

Our publications support, promote, and honor the work of HIV+ artists and the cultural contributions of the AIDS movement.
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Research Fellowship

Our research fellowship program supports original writing and scholarship about artists who have been lost to AIDS.
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"The Body as an Archive" Oral History Project

Our oral history project addresses gaps in our current collections and in broader cultural histories of the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
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Women's Empowerment Art Therapy Workshops

Using the power of art-making to reduce stigma, build community, and empower women living with HIV.
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Visual AIDS produces annual exhibitions of contemporary art to raise public dialogue around HIV and AIDS.
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LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN is an international series of grassroots events that uses Valentines Day as a backdrop, creating a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women with HIV.
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Artist Projects

Artist designed projects addressing HIV and AIDS —including posters, trading cards, stickers, balloons, and more!
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The Red Ribbon Project

The iconic Red Ribbon was created by the Visual AIDS Artists' Caucus in 1991.
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Artists Support Grants

Artists Support Grants are awarded to artists living with HIV who are in need of financial assistance in order to provide holistic support for their artistic practice.

Last Address Tribute Walk

Tribute walks to the last addresses of artists and cultural sites lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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Curatorial Residency (2012–2021)

From 2012 to 2021, we hosted an annual one month curatorial residency program with Residency Unlimited.

Benefit Print Editions

Visual AIDS works with renowned contemporary artists to commission limited editions prints. Proceeds from the sale of all print editions support the programs of Visual AIDS.
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Postcards From the Edge

Exhibition and benefit sale of thousands of anonymous postcard-sized works of art by famous and emerging artists.
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Visual AIDS Vanguard Awards (VAVA)

VAVA honors individuals who strengthen the cultural history of art activism and reinforce the mission of Visual AIDS.