World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day, designated on December 1 every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.
World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, and World Hepatitis Day.
Since opening its doors in 2015, The Broad has presented annual programming for World AIDS Day to commemorate the many who have lost their lives to the pandemic, to recognize the many still living with HIV/AIDS, and to acknowledge that, globally speaking, the AIDS crisis is not over. At the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, artists became activists and activism grew into an art form. Prime examples of this include Broad collection artists Keith Haring and David Wojnarowicz (both of whom died of AIDS-related complications), Ross Bleckner, who started his practice dealing with the AIDS epidemic in 1980s, and Mark Bradford, Glenn Ligon, and Jenny Holzer, who continue to use their artistic voices to highlight the need for public awareness around HIV/AIDS.
Upcoming events in this series
In this series
World AIDS Day: El poder de la poesia/The Power of Poetry
The Broad’s World AIDS Day 2021 commemoration features poems by Benjamin Garcia, féi hernandez, and Emanuel Xavier.
World AIDS Day: Where Will You Be?
The Broad’s World AIDS Day 2020 commemoration features performances by Pamela Sneed, Phill Wilson, and Maurice Harris.
World AIDS Day: This is Not an AIDS Advertisement Screening and Talk
Sunday, Dec 01, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
World AIDS Day | Day With(out) Art: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS
Saturday, Dec 08, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
World AIDS Day: Home Video: Media Art in Response to HIV/AIDS
Friday, Dec 01, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.