World AIDs Day With(out) Art

World AIDS Day (December 1st) is about raising awareness, fighting prejudice, improving education and remembering the importance of research and prevention. It is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things to be done.

Day Without Art began in 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part on both the national and international levels.

ArtsLehigh continues our annual tradition of shrouding some of the statues along Memorial Walk way to transform a piece of our campus to help raise awareness. Special thanks to Cassandra Reiley, Bryan Postelnek, Joshira Maduro, Kathryn Schnall, Carolina Mattson, and Lauren Riford for their help on the activity.

Other landmarks around the world will be turning “red” to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS. REDTM was created to bring the power of consumers, the public sector and the private sector to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. World AIDS Day is set to bring awareness to the AIDS pandemic by turning our cities (RED).

Another international symbol is the red ribbon worn by people all year round and particularly aroundWorld AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.

The red ribbon started as a “grass roots” effort; as a result there is no one official AIDS ribbon manufacturer, and many people make their own.

If you want to take your awareness raising a step further, Come join the brothers of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. TODAY in the ULRICH STUDENT CENTER – GREAT ROOM at 4:10 PM, as they construct the first HUMAN RED RIBBON here at Lehigh University, which is a ribbon composed of people in the shape of a ribbon wearing RED shirts.

Daniel Cobar, the photographer, will take the picture promptly at 4:30PM.

WEAR RED on WORLD AIDS DAY and be apart history here at Lehigh as we help raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic during national AIDS week.