The AIDS epidemic has touched communities in Hartford and around the globe and artists have played a key role in reshaping the narrative through responses to stigmatization, a lack of public education, and government inaction surrounding the virus. In advance of a conversation with Jack Lowery, author of It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful, to mark World AIDS Day on December 1, join us for a group discussion at the intersection of art and activism. Participants will examine the role that art and design can play in activism, mobilization, and community education in response to the global AIDS epidemic. Free with required reservation. Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.
The Hartford History Center at the Hartford Public Library, Connecticut’s Old State House, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute have formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series to encourage informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves, and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue.