CAMTalks: History Series - Weaving the Threads: The Past & Present of HIV/AIDS on Cape Ann (cancelled)

Saturday, June 4

1:00 p.m.


This event has been cancelled.


In honor of Pride Month, staff members of the North Shore Health Project (NSHP) will share the history and present-day reality of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on Cape Ann. Founded in 1988 during the height of the AIDs epidemic, NSHP was originally formed by friends, loved ones, and those impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

In 2019, NSHP coordinated a display of local panels from the National AIDS Quilt at Gloucester City Hall. The National AIDS Quilt, which was started in 1985 by San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones, was first displayed on October 11, 1987 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Originally comprised of 1,920 panels, the National AIDS Memorial describes the Quilt as “an epic 54-ton tapestry that includes nearly 50,000 panels dedicated to more than 105,000 individuals. It is the premiere symbol of the AIDS pandemic, a living memorial to a generation lost to AIDS and an important HIV prevention education tool. With hundreds of thousands of people contributing their talents to making the memorial panels, and tens of thousands of volunteers to help display it, the Quilt is considered the largest community arts project in history.”

In 2020, the NSHP provided lunch to those in need during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with Action Inc, which led to CAM’s ongoing Art of Lunch Program at the Grace Center. This year, NSHP Staff are coordinating a new spatial justice project for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS titled Interwoven: HIV/AIDS Long-term Survivor Stories & Connections.

This CAMTalk is offered in connection with the Doris Prouty exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum Green from June 11 – July 31, 2022.

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