Medicine Wheel vigil from World AIDS Day a few years ago. (photo: Medicine Wheel Productions)
This Saturday, December 1, is the 25th World AIDS Day.
Over 30 million people have died of HIV/AIDS-related causes since the disease was first documented in 1981, and over 34 million people are currently infected with the virus, according to UNAIDS.
In Massachusetts, over 12,000 have died, and more than 18,000 are living with HIV, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of HIV/AIDS.
Several events are planned to observe World AIDS Day 2012. Here are a few:
December 1: 24-hour Vigil
Boston Center for the Arts, South End, Boston
This year marks the 20th anniversary of this incredibly powerful, experientially immersive installation commemorating those affected by HIV/AIDS. Medicine Wheel creator Michael Dowling invites people to “bring a stone and a story” to place in the ongoing memorial this year.
More information: www.mwponline.org.
Prudential Center Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 1, 4 to 6 p.m.
Belvidere Pavilion, Prudential Center, Boston
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is scheduled to join members of AIDS Action Committee, JRI Health, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard Victory, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition and Victory Programs and Boston Living Center in a “Flip the Switch” ceremony that will light the Prudential Center red.
More information: www.aac.org.
All Through the Evening — New England Documentary Premiere
Saturday, December 1, 2:15 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Director Rohan Spong’s documentary All Through the Evening celebrates pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe as she plans and performs her annual concert of works by her friends who were lost to HIV/AIDS. Stern-Wolfe will be in attendance and performing after the screening. The film is presented in conjunction with the Boston LGBT Film Festival. Admission is free.
More information: bostonlgbtfilmfest.org.
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s — Gallery Talks and Films
Saturday December 1, noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA)
A 2 p.m. gallery talk spotlights ‘Desire and Longing,’ a section in The ICA/Boston’s current exhibition ‘This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s,’ which highlights art that emerged in response to that decade’s AIDS crisis and queer activist movement. A noon screening of Jim Hubbard’s documentary United in Anger: A History of Act Up and a 3 p.m. screening of David Weismann’s We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco will be held in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Both are presented in collaboration with the Boston LGBT Film Festival.
More information: www.icaboston.org.
AIDS Action Committee’s additional listings
Boston’s AIDS Action Committee’s web site lists other events, including in Lynn, Somerville, and at the Massachusetts State House.
More information: www.aac.org
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