noon -midnight: December 1, 2023
10:45 Gather City Hall Plaza
SPOKE Art transforms communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the uplifting and transcendent power of art. We are forging a Common Path – one inclusion and civic engagement – using art as a threshold to gain awareness of self, community, and the human condition.
NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT HISTORY
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 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 at the Boston Cyclorama on December 1st for 24hours. Please consider sponsoring a panel for $200.00.
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?
(A) Sponsor an AIDS Quilt Panel(s) ►Sponsor and support the National AIDS Memorial Quilt by sponsoring a panel, helping to commemorate those affected by HIV/AIDS.
(B) Participate in a workshop by sharing intermate stories: The intimate stories are made from remembering, care taking, community building, and artmaking as acts of resistance. (looking for private groups, organizations and/or individuals to contribute to 500 stories. )
WORKSHOP OPTIONS & TOPICS
Ending HIV/AIDS Stigma
Shame • Disgrace • Dishonor • Stain • Taint • Blot
Glue a 2” w x 3”h black and white selfie, where indicated, to the front of the house-shaped panel provided by the facilitator.
WE REMEMBER THEIR NAMES
1. Add a black and white photo (2” w x 3”h) of a person you want to honor and remember on the front of the house-shaped panel where indicated. (Panels provided by facilitator)
2. Using a pencil, add a story about the person to the back of the house-shaped panel
Participate in the Youth Forum to discuss strategies for combating stigma against HIV/AIDS and other health issues experienced by youth.
PARTICIPATE AS A VENDOR
Being a vendor at the 32nd SPOKE WAD event, means actively contributing to our community’s well-being by hosting a table any time between 11 am -7 pm to share your valuable services, support, and resources as a Health Center, business or organization.
SUPPORT SPOKE ART
Purchase artwork at the event’s giftshop. Meet at City Hall at 10 PM, 11/30/23
COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
MARCH TO CYCLORAMA
Honor Astrid Mora, James Apt, from Boston Health Care for the Homeless and Jennease Hyatt of Gilead Sciences who have made significant contributions to the HIV/AIDS community. March in solidarity from Boston City Hall Plaza to Boston Cyclorama from 10:30pm.
1st Award – Community Bridge Builder Award
Recipient: Astrid Mora
Astrid Mora stands as a symbol of unwavering commitment to the Latinx.a.e.o / Hispanic Community, skillfully transcending language barriers and forging bonds of unity. Her remarkable support, characterized by her ability to seamlessly bridge the communication gap from Spanish to English, exemplifies a selfless dedication to enhancing lives through diverse avenues of assistance.
2nd Award – Community Compassionate Advocate Award
Recipient: James Apt
We recognize James Apt for his unwavering dedication that spans over two decades to uplift the homeless community, extend a compassionate hand to individuals bravely battling HIV/AIDS, and provide support to those wrestling with drug addiction. James’s tireless efforts have become a beacon of warmth, hope, and healing, illuminating the lives of countless individuals in need.
3rd Award – Community Innovative Healthcare Award
Jennease Hayatt is honored for her illustrious, 15-plus year career in a pivotal role at Gilead Sciences. Marked by pioneering contributions supporting the local community through outreach initiatives, collaboration with community health centers and organizations, implementing Gilead ‘s cutting-edge treatments for HIV/ AIDS, she also promotes responsible and safe practices with PrEP and Pep. Jennease champions community safety and healthcare with remarkable passion, making her contributions truly commendable at 15 Plus years working with the community and recently with GILEAD Sciences.
MAKE A DONATION(S)
Contribute to the cause by using our QR code or our button below to make donation(s), helping fund crucial SPOKE initiatives and services.
INVITE THE PUBLIC
Encourage members of the general public to attend the WAD event and actively participate in its activities.
Attend the memorial segment at the Boston Cyclorama on World AIDS Day to pay your respects, reflect and remember, foresting empathy and understanding for those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.
RAISE SOCIAL MEDIA AWARENESS
Share information about SPOKE WAD activities on social media platforms, using relevant hashtags to spread awareness.
COLLABORATE WITH SPOKE
Partner with the SPOKE Art organization to create joint initiatives or promotions that support World AIDS Day.
EXPLORE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Discover ways to financially support the SPOKE WAD event and gain visibility throughout Boston and the community.
DONATE TO SPOKE
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