Tuesday, Nov. 28
#GivingTuesday with CFC Wear
Get your BRAVE t-shirt at cfcwear.com
Catalyst for Change Wear is generously donating the proceeds from their limited edition BRAVE t-shirts in honor of World AIDS Day. The sale starts on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28th at cfcwear.com. Get your shirt in honor of the Brave individuals that we have lost, and those still fighting.
Thursday, Nov. 30
Stonewall Strong – Reading and Discussion
Portland Public Library, 5:30pm with author John-Manuel Andriote & Bill Nemitz
In Stonewall Strong, John-Manuel Andriote writes with searing honesty about the choices and forces that brought him to his own ‘before-and-after’ moment, teasing out what he learned along the way about resilience, surviving, and thriving. He frames pivotal moments in recent history as manifestations of gay men’s resilience, from the years of secrecy and subversion before the 1969 Stonewall riots; through the coming of age, heartbreak, and politically emboldening AIDS years; and pushing onward to legal marriage equality.
Friday, Dec. 1
World AIDS Day & First Friday Art Walk
5:15 pm – Candle Light Vigil
Congress Square Park (corner of Congress St. and High St.) with special presentation by Lumenarrt in partnership with The Westin
6:00 pm – Screening: BPM
Portland Museum of Art
In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.
Clients of Frannie Peabody Center: please contact Katie Rutherford at 619-8013 to reserve a free ticket.
6:30 pm – Community Conversation with EqualityMaine
Nan Goldin Exhibit at Portland Museum of Art
EqualityMaine’s program director, Gia Drew, will lead a community conversation inspired by the groundbreaking Nan Goldin exhibit now on view at the Portland Museum of Art. Gia will discuss the importance of Nan’s work in relationship to HIV/AIDS and its impact on the LGBTQ and art communities, as well as her own evolution as an activist, bisexual trans woman, art teacher, and photographer.
7:00 pm – The Heart of the Evening: American Nocturnes
First Parish UU Church – 425 Congress St.
An encore performance of part of the UU Community Church concert series, featuring songs by American composers, including Chris DiBlasio, whose life was cut short by AIDS in 1993. Admission is $15 general, $10 students and seniors. A portion of proceeds from the concert will benefit Frannie Peabody Center.
5-11pm – Maine Holiday Gifts Silent Auction
Rhum Food & Grog – 98 Cross St. North, Portland
Hosted by Knack Factory, Maine Gift Guide, and Rhum – many of the makers / purveyors represented in the Gift Guide gifted their items for use in a silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit Speak About It, Frannie Peabody Center, and Maine Initiatives. There will be a DJ, food, and cash bar.
Duration of the Art Walk:
Special Thanks to Creative Portland for their incredible partnership on World AIDS Day – don’t miss their monthly Art Walk Guide highlighting participating partners on the Art Walk with a Red AIDS Awareness Ribbon. Check out the amazing World AIDS Day poster designs by MECA students on exhibit at Creative Portland – 84 Free Street – during the Art Walk.
Portland Museum of Art:
In addition to the screening of BPM listed above, PMA will be honoring World AIDS Day by participating in A Day With(out) Art and shrouding pieces of work, including a piece by Nan Goldin. PMA will also be lighting their arcade with red lights and creating a ribbon banner placed on the façade.
Keith Haring AIDS Memorial Quilt, courtesy of New England Names Project and National AIDS Memorial Quilt
Institute for Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art:
ICA at MECA will be participating in A Day With(out) Art by shrouding a piece of work. MECA will be flying the Red Ribbon flag, and students are also developing World AIDS Day poster.
The Press Hotel will be participating in A Day With(out) Art by shrouding a piece of work by Honour Mack.
All Day at Coffee By Design:
CBD traditionally honors World AIDS Day by having red ribbons available at all locations and offering a public book to share memories and show support. Portland CBD locations will also be participating in A Day With(out) Art.
Saturday, Dec. 2nd
2:00 pm – Zine Workshop
Zero Station (222 Anderson St, Portland)
Join visiting artists, Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, for their Zine Workshop – a facilitated participatory platform for building a new visual & oral language: a vocabulary specific to identities and experiences impacted by the epidemic and enlightened by current community based narratives around AIDS /HIV. Art making tools and materials will be provided but please bring your own images & ideas.
6:00 pm – Screening: Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is the 28th iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.
In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans folks.
The film will have debuted on Dec. 1st at the Whitney Museum in NYC. The Dec. 2nd screening in Portland will be followed by a discussion led by Peter Cramer and Jack Waters.