In the early 1980s, a new and scary virus surfaced, primarily among intravenous drug users gay men. We've lived with this virus for so long, that some people forget about it. It's HIV/AIDS -- Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. HIV/AIDS still exists. In 2018 about 37.9 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS and it resulted in 770,000 deaths. The illness can be controlled somewhat through chemotherapy. More than thirty-five years after it's discovery, no cure exists.
AIDS Connecticut (ACT) is an organization in Hartford, CT to help people impacted by HIV/AIDS and related health issues get access to health, housing, and support services.
One of ACT's annual fundraisers in Art for AIDS which is usually held in early June. Because of COVID-19, this event is scheduled tentatively for August 8, 2020. This event features the works of about 100 Hartford area invitational artists. The artists are asked to create up to three 12 X 12" works that are donated to ACT. Patrons purchase tickets ($500/Winner’s Circle, $200/Exclusive VIP, $100/VIP, or $60/General Admission). While at the event, the patrons get to select a piece of donated work to take home. If some pieces are remaining after all the patrons have made their selections, participants may purchase one or more of these works. Last year, the cost was $45.
I was invited last year to make art both last year and this one. I've finished two of my pieces and am working on the third. Here they are: