2021 marks 40 years since the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported. PCAF honors World AIDS Day this year by reflecting on the intersections of two pandemics—the HIV pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic.
DUAL PANDEMICS: EXPERIENCE AT THE INTERSECTION
|PCAF is proud to continue the tradition of public art grappling with the issues of HIV and AIDS in our society. |
Facilitated by local artist Aisha Harrison, PCAF clients, community members, and staff have created multimedia community art pieces that are on display around the South Sound at local businesses leading up to and following World AIDS Day.
The artwork is collaboratively created by people who have each been impacted by HIV in unique ways. Participants painted, wrote, and assembled these pieces to communicate their experiences of living during times of hardship and hope, privilege and power, stigma and isolation, and inequities faced by us all.
This art serves as a visual reminder and archive of the impact of these pandemics as well as to generate awareness about HIV and reduce HIV related stigma.
Thanks to all participating businesses and to the Tacoma Arts Commission for making this project possible.
Be sure to visit the following businesses to view the art installations during the month of December:
Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center