A Day With(out) Art


In 1989, in response to the worsening AIDS crisis, Visual AIDS organized the first Day With(out) Art; a call to action that would celebrate the lives and achievements of lost colleagues and friends; encourage caring for all people with AIDS; educate diverse publics about HIV infection; and find a cure.

Coinciding with World AIDS Day, Visual AIDS organizes annual observances of Day With(out) Art, creating and distributing free video programs to universities, museums, art institutions, and AIDS organizations to be screened on or around December 1.

Day With(out) Art programming at the Asheville Art Museum:

ENDURING CARE, a one-hour film featuring seven new videos highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic. ENDURING CARE will be on a continuous loop throughout the day in the Museum’s multipurpose space on Level 1.

Posters located throughout the Museum share HIV-related statistics and data. Each of the five posters contain QR codes that link to audio recordings of related conversations between HIV+ individuals living in Western North Carolina.

The Asheville Art Museum is proud to partner with Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) and Visual AIDS to participate in Day With(out) Art 2021. Founded in 1986, WNCAP’s mission is to provide equitable access to care and reduce harm from HIV, Hepatitis C, and drug use. Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

Presented in conjunction with Ruminations on Memory. Generous funding for exhibition programming provided by Art Bridges.

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