Feb. 13th – Trench Art Retrospective: The War Against HIV/AIDS – Women of the African Diaspora in the Trenches

35th Annual Black Doll Exhibit, S.H.I.N.E.
Drum Troupe Performance & Community Panel Discussion: “Creating
Sanctuary: Eliminating HIV/AIDS-related Stigma and Shame in the African
American Community.”

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the 35th Annual Black Doll
Show at the William Grant Stills Art Center in the West Adams
District of Los Angeles will close. The exhibit is a “Labor of Love”
by curator, Professor Cynthia Davis of Charles R. Drew University
of Medicine and Science and Board Chair of AIDS
Healthcare Foundation
(AHF). The goal of the exhibit is to heighten
awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on Women of Color on a local,
national and international basis.

“Women of Color, and especially girls of childbearing age, are the most
vulnerable populations worldwide being affected by this pandemic,”
stated Professor Davis. “This exhibit is giving local artists and
HIV/AIDS activists an opportunity to come together to share, celebrate,
and acknowledge the work that still needs to be done to eradicate
HIV/AIDS in communities of color at home and abroad, as well as to
acknowledge the millions of women and girls who have died due to
HIV/AIDS in the past 37 years.”

WHAT:  

Black Doll Exhibit, Drum Troupe Performance & Panel
Discussion on HIV/AIDS Stigma

 
WHEN:

Saturday, February 13th Noon to 5:00pm

WHERE:

All events @ William Grant Stills Art Center

2520 S. West View Street, L.A., CA 90016

Exhibition: 35th Annual Black Doll
Show (closing day)
12:00 noon – 5:00pm

2:00pm:
Drum Troupe Performance S.H.I.N.E. troupe playing
traditional African music

2:30pm:
Panel Discussion “Creating Sanctuary: Eliminating
HIV/AIDS-related Stigma and Shame in the African American Community.”

  • Reverend Kelvin Sauls, Pastor of Holman United Methodist Church
  • Reverend Alfreda Lanoix of Love@Work
  • Bishop Geraldine Phillips Coates
  • Pastor Curt Thomas

MEDIA CONTACT: Sway Benns, +1.703.498.7287 mobile

On February 13th, beginning at 12 Noon, the community will be
able to come and tour the exhibit for the last time, meet some of the
artists and the curator, and enjoy the beautiful art work, including
altars, sculptures, quilts and hundreds of beautiful Black dolls. At
2:00 PM, visitors will be greeted with the S.H.I.N.E. Drum Troupe,
playing traditional African music. Then beginning at 2:30 PM, there will
be a panel presentation with several local ministers speaking on the
theme: “Creating Sanctuary: Eliminating HIV/AIDS-related Stigma and
Shame in the African American Community.”
Confirmed panelists
include Reverend Kelvin Sauls of Holman
United Methodist Church
, Reverend Alfreda Lanoix of
Love@Work, Bishop Geraldine Phillips Coates, and Pastor Curt
Thomas
. After the panel presentation, there will be refreshments and
more time to tour the exhibit. This exhibit was made possible by a
generous grant from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and is a community
mobilization program of AHF’s ABACT Women’s Sub-Committee.

The William
Grant Stills Art Center
is located at 2520 S. West View Street, Los
Angeles, CA 90016, which is three blocks east of La Brea off of Adams
Boulevard. The William Grant Stills Art Center is open daily every
Tuesday through Saturday from 12 Noon to 5:00 PM.

In addition, as part of Black History Month and on the heels of National
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb. 7th), Reverend Kelvin
Sauls of Holman UMC is hosting an invitation-only ‘Teach-in for Faith
Leaders’ titled, “The
Black Church and HIV/AIDS—What Did Jesus Do?”
The event is all day
Friday, Feb. 12th and from 9:00am to 2:00pm Saturday, Feb. 13th
by invitation only and is being held on the campus of Holman United
Methodist Church.

We look forward to having a full house on February 13th.
Everyone is welcome. For additional information about the exhibit, call
(323) 734-1165.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
595,000 individuals in 35 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org,
find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth
and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare
and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.

Contacts

AHF
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications
+1.323.791.5526
mobile
gedk@aidshealth.org
or
Sway
Benns, Manager of Digital Media
+1.703.498.7287 mobile
sway.benns@aidshealth.org