Day Without Art

Out of the Ashes

31st annual Day Without Art installation

for World AIDS Day 2022

Our work at SPOKE began 31 years ago to create a place where people gather to reflect and remember those lost to the AIDS pandemic. This mission remains just as urgent today as we face multiple pandemics of COVID-19, racism, and addiction, alongside the continuing scourge of HIV/AIDS, particularly among vulnerable populations.

We see this as a time to remember who we are for ourselves and who we can be for one another.

They will be installed on December 1st at the Boston Center for the Arts, along with 30 sections of the historic AIDS/Names Memorial Quilt.

Gather at City Hall Plaza at 10:45pm for opening ceremony and process to Boston Center for the Arts. Processional leaves City hall at 11:15pm arrives and enters Cyclorama at midnight to begin the 24 hour vigil.


1 – Contribute a live offering performance during one of our 24-hour vigil on World AIDS Day, December 1st, at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama

2 – Sponsor a section of the historic Names AIDS Memorial Quilt. In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. Help us bring 30 of the original 1,920 panels that represented the names of those lost, which will be proudly displayed alongside a quilt of our own creation. Please consider sponsoring a panel for $200.00. Please let us know if you would like a specific panel.

3 – Bring an offering to leave in the Medicine Wheel altar during the 24-Hour Vigil on December 1st, World AIDS Day. Visitors are welcome to place an honorary object in the wheel, whether it be in memory of a loved one that has died from AIDS, COVID, or any of the ongoing pandemics we’re commemorating this year.

4 – Make a general donation. Any and all support towards our signature Days Without Art event ensures that we can continue our work to perpetuate the mission that we started 30 years ago. Thank you in advance for your generous support

Volunteer with Us!
Installation (November 28 & 29)
Gift Shop Shift (December 1)
Deinstallation (December 2)

*Specify the volunteer opportunity interested in

Bring us a photo or an obituary of someone lost to any of the ongoing pandemics and we will offer a master drawing of them for a donation of $100.