FRAMING AIDS is Queens’ Annual Observance of World AIDS Day Through The Arts. Created in 2005 by QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, the program is intended to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS affecting the communities of Queens and New York City at large.
Coinciding with Day With(out) Art, a national day of action to recognize and promote increased programming of cultural events that draw attention to the continuing AIDS Pandemic, FRAMING AIDS is the only multidisciplinary program in Queens that includes Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings, Online Media Projects, and Outreach Programs with local groups and the community.
In its inception FRAMING AIDS was a one-day event through out the borough. Today, the program extends through a couple of weeks and has been hosted by institutions like Elmhurst Hospital Center, La Guardia Performing Arts Center at La Guardia Community College, and The Queens Museum of Art. The program has developed yearly collaborations with organizations like MetroPlus, AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC), Scenarios USA, Soluciones Visuales and other nonprofits.
Art Exhibition: A visual arts showcase includes works created to inform, build understanding, inspire action, and reflections on the AIDS Pandemic as seen by artists who come from varied backgrounds and communities.
Film Screenings: Presentation of films that clearly express people’s concerns about the pandemic. The screenings includes narrative fiction films, documentaries, experimental video and animation.
Online Media Projects: Is the Web component of FRAMING AIDS. The online showcase gives young talent an opportunity to showcase their digital works.
FRAMING AIDS is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Special acknowledgments to the Queens Museum of Art, La Guardia Performing Arts Center, AIDS Center of Queens County, and Metro Plus