World AIDS Day

Events and admission by donation at TAM

The Let the Record Show mixed media installation by Gran Fury. Photo by Zoe Kahn

Tacoma Art Museum and Pierce County AIDS Foundation are honoring the 27th annual World AIDS Day with special events and admission by donation on Dec. 1 at TAM. In October the museum debuted its Art AIDS America exhibit which follow the impact that the AIDS epidemic had on the art world. Curator Rock Hushka spent about 10 years compiling it. Read our story on Art AIDS America.

“TAM invites our community to come in and reflect on how the AIDS crisis has impacted them. Everyone is welcome to tour the Art AIDS America exhibition, open from 10 am until 7 pm,” Samantha Kelly, TAM’s Director of Education said in a satement. “In the evening, PCAF and TAM will host a free program, with an art installation called Sole of HIV by PCAF’s Jill Frey, original poetry and prose readings, and an interactive art project. The theme of the evening is ‘Remember, Hope, Act.’ We’re honored to welcome guest speaker John Wiesman, Washington State Secretary of Health.”

TAM is asking that guests donate to an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help the Art AIDS America exhibition travel across the United States in lieu of admission costs.

World AIDS Day at TAM Schedule

  • Admission to TAM by suggested donation all day, 10 am-8 pm.
  • All galleries close at 5 pm except for the exhibition Art AIDS America.
  • Art AIDS America galleries close at 7 pm.

Evening Program with TAM and PCAF

Programming will be held in TAM’s event space (off the main lobby).
6:00–6:30 pm

Mingle & Reflect. Refreshments and light snacks. Community art making project.
6:30–7:00 pm

Introduction by TAM’s Chief Curator, Rock Hushka, followed by representatives from PCAF and special guest John Wiesman, State Secretary of Health.
7:00–8:00 pm

Poetry and Prose readings from the community; original works by local writers addressing themes of love, loss, and HIV/AIDS.

is the managing editor at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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