Celebrated every year on December 1rst.
Day Without Art was first held on December 1, 1989
as the national day of action and mourning
in response to the AIDS crisis
and to make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone.
On this day 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art,
shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services.
In the beginning of the 1980-ies news media reported increasingly about people dying of a newly discovered virus that had no cure.
While the common people were mere increasing numbers,
many people were shocked when the virus took away celebrities,
people who we knew by name.
Notable was Isaac Asimov, a well respected science fiction author who received an infected transfusion.
HIV and AIDS were associated with a gay or promiscuous lifestyle.
Isaac Asimov had no such reputation, being an intellectual family man who made his readers dream of futures where progress in technology, lifestyle and philosophies were only limited by human curiosity.
His death reminded us that everybody could be infected by mere tragic accident.
Other artists who left a void in the world of art are Freddy Mercury for his music and voice, Keith Haring for his provocative and expressive graffiti art, Rock Hudson who was one of the first celebrities to publicly open up about his illness to raise awareness about the seriousness of HIV infections.
Almost half a century later we finally found medicines that enable people with HIV to survive their infection.
And several tests give us sparks of hope that we found a cure to end this horrible disease definitely.
“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”
— George Bernard Shaw