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World AIDS Day 2020 HIV/AIDS Activism Through Art

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World AIDS DAY 2020 Mural Project & Virtual Program

For World AIDS Day 2020, the AIDS Service Foundation’s will create a public large-scale and site-specific outdoor mural/graffiti art that will tell a story and spark inspiration and conversation around HIV/AIDS in the Kansas City community. The mural will bring attention to the importance of access to quality healthcare for all communities.

In our 30-year history working with a diverse HIV/AIDS community, we witnessed the same acceleration of healthcare inequities that currently seem to define the COVID-19 pandemic and expand social stratification. Everyone deserves access to essential medical care and treatment, especially the underserved and uninsured.

The World AIDS Day 2020 theme is HIV/AIDS Activism Through Art. Consider Picasso’s Guernica, Vincent van Gogh’s The Potato Eaters, or Keith Haring’s Silence=Death. These are but a few examples of the artist’s ability to visually encapsulate education, sorrow, suffering, and hope. We wish to do the same with the World AIDS Day 2020 mural/graffiti project.

In addition to the mural project, the foundation will present the World AIDS Day 2020 Virtual program on Tuesday, December 1st at 11:30 am.

We hope you will consider supporting both the mural project and the World AIDS Day Virtual program.

Why be a part of this important World AIDS Day 2020 project?

• Because you care about vulnerable communities

• Because you care about healthcare access for all

• Because you know that epidemics and pandemics are not monolithic

• Because you know that a caring community is a strong, thriving community

• Because you want to be seen as bold and brave and associated with a project that speaks to empathy and change and respect.

Frontline Needs

The AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) that depend on the AIDS Service Foundation for financial support are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. Organizations providing housing assistance anticipate as much as a 45 % increase in homelessness over the next year. Organizations providing medical services have seen unemployment claims rise by 900% since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. All ASOs are facing budgetary shortfalls, while the need for shelter and medical and emergency services continues to climb.

Thank you for your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,

The World AIDS Day Advisory Committee

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