Keep watching this post for some very special AIDS Awareness Week involvement by North Bay art galleries and tattoo studios. We asked them to put up a display that represents their tribute to those in the worldwide arts community who died from HIV/AIDS related illnesses. In the early 1980s, at the outset of the AIDS epidemic, arts communities were extremely hard hit by the disease. New York and San Francisco saw hundreds of area artists, from every artistic vocation, die from the ravages of HIV/AIDS. A group of New York artists proposed a way to remember their late friends and loved ones of the arts community by closing art galleries or cloaking pieces of artwork in black for a day. That day became an annual event known as Day Without Art, which coincides with World AIDS Day every December 1.
For the past three years, ACNBA has encouraged local art galleries and tattoo studios to participate in Day Without Art. They will be forwarding photos of this year’s displays which will be showcased here on our website. They promise to be both diverse and poignant. KST