Community Builds AIDS Memorial
November 5, 1996 - Hartford, CT
December 2, Salvatore Scalora, curator and professor of art
at the University of Connecticut, will assist the public in
building a community AIDS memorial as part of Hartford's World
AIDS Day 1996 Commemoration. The event will be held from 10:00
a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral at 45 Church Street
(across from the old G. Fox Building). The community is invited
to contribute mementos-photos, flowers, candles, poems, or other
personal items-that remind them of the people they have lost
to the virus.
"The altar provides a forum for people to express themselves,"
says Scalora. "It is a time for the living to remember
and commemorate the dead. " Adds Kim Radda, Hartford's
World AIDS Day Chairperson, "This is an opportunity for
all of us to come together and focus on this one issue; the
impact of HIV/AIDS in our community."
A variety of activities, including music, dance, guest speakers,
and displays will occur throughout the day. Hartford public
school children will also exhibit World AIDS Day posters that
they created based on this year's theme, One World, One Hope.
Admission is free.
After December 2, the AIDS memorial will move to The Institute
for Community Research's gallery at 2 Hartford Square West.
An opening reception for Vision, Voice, Remembrance: The Hartford
AIDS Memorial Exhibit will be held on Thursday, December 5 from
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The exhibit will run through February
28, 1997. Altar items which are labeled with identifying information
will be returned at the close of the exhibit.
Hartford's World AIDS Day 1996 Commemoration is sponsored in
part by AIDS Project/Hartford, Artists Against AIDS, Gay &
Lesbian Health Collective, The Greater Hartford Arts Council,
Hartford Dispensary, Hispanic Health Council, The Institute
for Community Research, Latinos/as Contra SIDA, Summit Medical
Center, and the Urban League of Greater Hartford.
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