A Day Without Art
In Memory of All Artists Who Died of AIDS
On December 1, 1989, loss prompted artists in New York to organize the first "A Day Without Art."
Some galleries closed their doors in mourning for the day or shrouded paintings. Theaters were silent
and dark. Communities across the nation observed "A Day Without Art" with silence. And now, 12 years
later, AIDS continues to levy a heavy toll in every community, and artists continue to remember
there friends and lovers on December 1.
During those first commemorations the idea of absence permeated the observations. In more recent
years, the emphasis has shifted to the artists' responses to AIDS. On December 1, painters, poets,
and performers serve as witnesses. They express the sentiments of our community and communicate our
suffering in a tangible form. AIDS-related art not only chronicles this terrible disease, but
asks: how can we translate this awareness into direct social action? "A Day Without Art" reminds
us to vow an end to AIDS.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Send your story, poem, photo, or drawing, which remembers
a loved one who has died from AIDS or in some way commerorates this day
Deadline: November 15, 2004
It will be published on December 1, 2004.