Projects

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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The Artist+ Registry and Archive Project

The Artist+ Registry and Archive Project is the largest database and registry of works by visual artists with HIV/AIDS.
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The Carl George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres & Ross Laycock Archive at Visual AIDS

A collection of correspondence and photographs documenting the lives of three friends.
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"The Body as an Archive" Oral History Project

“The Body As an Archive” Oral History Project grew out of community conversations shared in our Archive Committee in 2020 around the gaps in our current collections and in broader cultural histories of the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
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Books & Catalogues

Visual AIDS' publications support, promote, and honor the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the cultural contributions of the AIDS movement
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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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Exhibitions

Visual AIDS produces annual exhibitions of contemporary art to raise public dialogue around HIV and AIDS.
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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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LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN

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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Curatorial Residency

One month residency program co-sponsored by Visual AIDS and Residency Unlimited
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Web Gallery

Monthly online gallery, featuring Visual AIDS artist members selected by guest curators.
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Materials & Digitization Grants

The Materials & Digitization Grants program supports HIV+ artists by providing funds for art supplies and digitizing analog audiovisual materials.
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Play Smart Trading Cards

​Play Smart are fun and sexy trading cards that promote harm reduction, HIV testing and post-exposure prophylaxis.
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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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The Red Ribbon Project

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