In support of the New York Public Library's exhibition, Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism, Visual AIDS has organized an interactive series which uses art-making to connect young adults with vital information about HIV while exploring the history of AIDS Activism.
All programs begin at 3:30pm.
No previous art experience is required.
All materials will be provided (unless otherwise noted).

January 23 - Fort Washington New York Public Library 535 West 179th Street
Creating Faces Through Collage – An Artist Workshop by Carmine Santaniello

New works by artist Carmine Santaniello often begin through collage. He creates faces using collected images of eyes, lips, nostrils, eyebrows, cheekbones and other features. In the process a personality on paper emerges, as does a new way of seeing faces. In this interactive workshop Santaniello will lead participants through the process of creating faces through collage.

February 6 - Edenwald Library, 1255 E 233rd Street
Draw Your Story – Making Comics with James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook
What does your day look like? How does it feel? What colors do you see in your day? Join legendary artist James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook for an interactive workshop where they will lead you through a process of paneling, drawing and coloring out a moment in your day.

February 20 - Countee Cullen, 104 W 136th Street
Image Transfer: Remake/Remodel - A Workshop with Albert Velasco
Albert Velasco will share his journey with art and life and lead students through a workshop on how to use a natural, non-toxic solvent to transfer photocopy images to paper to create unique and interesting prints.

March 13 - 125th street Library, 224 East 125th Street (near Third Ave.)
Seeing the World Through the Lens of HIV: 'The City' Reveals a Metaphor for Survival – A workshop with Frank Jump

“Learning you have a virus that may ultimately kill you changes the way you see the world,” says photographer Frank Jump. It was with this in mind that he began to see and interact with the world differently. In this workshop Frank will share his journey bringing together, the city, art and survival and by the end you will be invited to see the world differently and have new skills on how to share your vision.


March 27 - Location TBA
Making Idols For Survival, a workshop with Frederick Weston
Tapping into his own experience, strength and hope, in this workshop, Weston will retell a story from his childhood, share why it is important to him, and teach the students how to use complex stories from their childhood to create rituals for surviving, striving, and thriving.