Art as Activism
by jill frey
Creating beauty and exploring personal and collective themes of identity, commentary, narrative, and transformation through art.
What to do when hit hard by a second pandemic, equally loaded with stigma, discrimination, bias, and disparity? Some might suggest digging deep into resilience or taking to the streets with public outcry. Others lobby for research, funding, policy changes, and media awareness. All solid strategies with expected outcomes. It’s what we’ve always done.
Here’s my take. Lean into beauty. With COVID currently cloaking our landscape, I call upon art to see us through. As a staff member at PCAF (previously known as Pierce County AIDS Foundation), Tacoma, WA for the past 27 years, I can account for my fair share of loss, lamentation, and outrage. And while I applaud and appreciate my nonprofit’s cutting edge efforts of prevention, care, and advocacy, I land smack dab in the arena of art for what’s needed to end the HIV epidemic.
Read the op-ed at: https://www.poz.com/article/art-activism
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