Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles LGBT Center will commemorate World AIDS Day with a theatrical event and artistic performance [Office1] made possible with support from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Catharsis Project uses art and multimedia to share memorable stories and experiences that happened during the height of the domestic AIDS epidemic to today[Office2] . These stories will be expressed through a series of dances that were created around a variety of subjects. The use of the arts as a way to share and educate will take the audience on a journey full of emotion, imagery, and beauty.
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with HIV and AIDS, and to commemorate people who have died from AIDS-related complications. World AIDS Day was held for the first time in 1988. It is the first ever global health day.
“World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the American public and governments around the world, including our own, that HIV has not gone away,” said Thomas Davis, creator of The Catharsis Project. “There is still a vital need to raise money, raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education for all people, but especially LGBTQ people and other communities that continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS.”.
Davis, 24, is a Health Education Specialist at the Los Angeles LGBT Center who created this event as an HIV 360° Fellow with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. HIV 360° is a capacity-building fellowship program for young, nonprofit leaders ready to take HIV-inclusive organizations and initiatives to the next level.
WHAT: The Catharsis Project, a theatrical event and artistic performance
WHEN: Networking and appatizers in the lobby at 5:30pm and the doors will open at 6:30pm on Saturday, December 3, 2016
WHERE: The Saban Auditorium, 4661 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
WHO: Thomas Davis Health Education in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Human Rights Campaign, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Children’s Hospital Los Angles, REACH LA, APLA, LAICCSS, C2P Los Angeles, and Bawn Media.
RSVP: To attend this free event
Since 1969, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.