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Day Without Art Day

December 1, 2021

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An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 1 of December, repeating indefinitely

December 1
First occurrence:
Day Without Art was first held on December 1, 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis to raise awareness that HIV infections can happen to anyone.
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 reports were on the rise about people dying of a newly discovered virus that seemed to have no cure.
While the common people were mere nameless numbers, the public was shocked when the virus took away celebrities,
people who we knew by name.
HIV and AIDS were associated with a gay or promiscuous lifestyle.
The then well-respected science fiction author Isaac Asimov had no such reputation.
His death by infected blood infusion reminded us that everybody could be infected by a simple 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




December 1, 2021
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