Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The TELL Art Project: To Each Life Lived

What is this project about?

Living in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, each of us has a story to tell; about ourselves, or about someone else. We have stories of loss and grief, of illness and despair. We also have stories of resilience and generosity of spirit. We have the stories of our own struggles with and against this virus, and about a society that is often uncaring. We also have stories of people who do care and want to make the world a better place, one person at a time.

We are people who are living with HIV, people who have lost friends, lovers, and family to this disease, and people who have worked with PHA’s. We all have something to share about living in the time of AIDS.

To Each Life Lived is a local HIV/AIDS art project that seeks to remember those who have died, honour those who are living with this disease, and recognize the contributions of other members of our community who are connected to this struggle.

We are looking for messages about HIV/AIDS in the form of personal memorials to people who have died, reflections from those currently living with HIV, and statements of solidarity/support from individuals and groups in our community. The materials created will be displayed in the HARS office, and used in remembrance ceremonies and Awareness Campaigns.

Who can get Involved?

If you are living with HIV in your body, in your family, among your friends or in your community, this projects relates to you and you are encouraged to contribute.

How Do I Contribute?

We would love for you to be a part of this HIV/AIDS art project. If you decide to participate, we will provide you with a small canvas (8” X 10”) upon which you can write, paint, draw, collage, or sew your message. We can send you the canvas and more detailed instructions, or you can come to the HARS office where we will provide canvases and other artistic supplies. You do not need any particular ability or skill in order to contribute - you only need to have something to say.

When Is this Happening?

This project begins on Thursday May 22 as part of the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Candlelight Memorial. It will continue until World AIDS Day, on December 1st 2008. Canvases will be accepted until the end of November 08.

You are also invited to drop by the HARS office on May 22 anytime between 3 and 6 pm to create a canvas (or drop off a completed canvas), and to attend the Candlelight Memorial if you would like to. The Candlelight Memorial ceremony will take place between 5 and 5:45 pm.

Where is this Happening?

This will be taking place at the HARS office, 844a Princess St., Kingston

How do I get more information?

To find our more about the TELL Project, contact Allison Cope at the HARS office, (613) 545-3698 or [email protected]


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