On Thursday, December 1, SVA will observe World AIDS Day, the annual campaign to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. The Office of Student Health and Counseling Services and students from the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA) will be shrouding art on campus (part of World AIDS Day’s tradition of removing or covering displays of art) and running a program featuring live bands and a speaker from Gay Men’s Health Crisis in the Monkey Bar Lounge, 217 East 23rd Street, 6:30 – 8:30pm; admission is free. In addition, Student Health, VASA, Student Outreach at SVA, CAVA Services and Visual AIDS have organized a student HIV/AIDS poster competition. Students have until Monday, November 28, to submit designs for AIDS-awareness posters. The winner will receive an iPod Nano from CAVA, and will have their poster produced and printed for national distribution. All of the entries will be on display on World AIDS Day in the Monkey Bar Lounge. For more information about the contest, call 212.592.2246.
The winner of the competition will be announced on Tuesday, December 6, as part of a program being presented by SVA and Visual AIDS, in partnership with the Gesso Foundation. Force of Nature: The Art and Activism of Frank Moore is a panel and conversation celebrating the late painter who was a pioneering advocate for individuals with HIV/AIDS, both in his own artwork and leadership role in Visual AIDS. The event will take place in the Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor, at 7pm. Suggested admission is $10, free for SVA students; all proceeds will be donated to Visual AIDS.
Image: Frank Moore, detail from Release, 1999.