NYC AIDS Memorial Launches #LightTheFight Art Project for World AIDS Day

"It's crucial to maintain awareness that the AIDS epidemic is live, in New York, and around the world."

To commemorate World AIDS Day this Saturday, December 1, the New York City AIDS Memorial will present #LightTheFight, an interactive art experience in collaboration with visual artist Jenny Holzer.

#LightTheFight is the first NYC AIDS Memorial Arts and Education Initiative, an organization that has been established to support site-specific educational and arts programming and honor the more than 100,000 people who have died from AIDS in New York City and the tens of millions more who have died throughout the world.

John Moore via NYC AIDS Memorial

The #LightTheFight program kicks off with an ceremony and performance at dusk at the New York City AIDS Memorial Park, located in the West Village. Immediately after, five trucks decked out with LED signs will traverse the city displaying a series of quotes by poets, activists, artists, educators, and people living with HIV and AIDS on the decades-long impact of the epidemic.

For the best chance to see the procession of mobile billboards, spectators can find them stopped at various historically significant sites like The LGBT Community Center, Harlem, Times Square, the Hudson River Piers near Christopher Street, and the Meatpacking District—now home to the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Mark Abrahams via NYC AIDS Memorial

“It’s crucial to maintain awareness that the AIDS epidemic is live, in New York, and around the world,” said Holzer. “The messages on the trucks’ screens, contributed by feeling people, could comfort those affected by AIDS and reignite fires in bellies to end AIDS forever.”

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