From December 1-5, 2016, Face of HIV, a collaborative art project was on display at Bike Windsor-Essex (101 University Ave W ). Face of HIV was a powerful and sobering installation featuring hundred of portraits of individuals in Windsor-Essex affected by HIV/AIDS both directly and indirectly. This project is organized by Artcite, Inc. and AIDS Committee of Windsor.

As part of World AIDS Day / International Day Without Art, the Windsor Day Without Art Collective and the AIDS Committee of Windsor celebrated the lives of our beloved friends and colleagues at the free public Candlelight Procession & Vigil on December 1st at the AIDS Committee of Windsor ( 511 Pelissier Street) and moving to the Capitol Theatre (121 Univeristy Ave W) with a stop to Bike Windsor Essex (101 University Ave W) to see the Face of HIV project.

EVERYONE is the face of HIV. Many people think HIV only impacts certain people, but the reality is that HIV impacts everyone. HIV does not discriminate against age, class, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. It captures everyone and it takes a community to end HIV stigma. It’s time for each of us to recognize our role in ending stigma and stopping the spread of HIV.

About Day Without Art

Day Without Art is an annual event where art museums and other organizations organize programs to raise awareness of AIDS , remember people who have died, and inspire positive action. Day Without Art began on December 1, 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day Without Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS service organizations , libraries, high schools and colleges take part.

Day Without Art Collective 2016:

AIDS Committee of Windsor
Artcite Inc.
Arts Council Windsor & Region
Art Gallery of Windsor
Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre
Common Ground Gallery
Free 4 All Walls Mural Project
Levigator Press
Media City Film Festival
Momentum Film and Video Collective
Museum Windsor
Nobel Peace Project
One Ten Park: A Working Space
University of Windsor School of Creative Arts (SoCA)
Windsor Artists for Social Justice
Windsor Endowment for the Arts
Windsor Feminist Theatre
Windsor Pride

A special thank you to Andrea Slavik for organizing and facilitating the Face of HIV project.