For the 25th annual Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day ( December 1, 2014) CAM presents Alternate Endings, a program of original short videos. Produced by the group Visual AIDS, who worked with filmmaker Tom Kalin to commission seven artists and collaboratives—Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Derek Jackson, Tom Kalin, My Barbarian, and Julie Tolentino—Alternate Endings is new and provocative work about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, focusing on the issues of today.
Day Without Art began on December 1st 1989 as a national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part. Visual AIDS initiated public actions and programs, published an annual poster and copyright-free broadsides, and acted as press coordinator and clearing house for projects for Day Without Art / World AIDS Day. In 1998, Visual AIDS suggested Day Without Art become a day WITH art, and change the name to Day With(out) Art, to recognize and promote increased programming of cultural events that draw attention to the continuing pandemic.
Visual AIDS uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy. Visual AIDS was one of the first national initiatives to record the impact of the AIDS pandemic on the artistic community. It brought together the arts and AIDS communities through its renowned national projects DAY WITH(OUT) ART, Night Without Light, and The Ribbon Project.
CAM will also be accepting canned food donations for Food Outreach, a local nonprofit providing nutritious meals for people living with HIV/AIDS or cancer,