A public dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial is set for December 1, World AIDS Day. Organized by the Memorial’s Board of Directors, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York State Department of Health, and the END AIDS NY 2020 Coalition, the ceremony will be a chance for advocates and HIV/AIDS community members to pay tribute to those lost to AIDS, honor those who are living with HIV, and celebrate the vision of ending AIDS in New York. The dedication starts at 11 a.m.
The NYC AIDS Memorial, located in a traingular West Village park (West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue) near the old site of St. Vincent’s Hospital ( a “first responder” to the city’s AIDS crisis), honors the 100,000-plus men, women, and children who have died from AIDS-related causes in New York since the start of the epidemic and preserves the history of the AIDS crisis and traces ongoing efforts in the fight against AIDS. Announced by a white-latticed steel canopy-like structure, the memorial was designed by Studio a + i, and the Memorial’s granite pavers, featuring lines from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, were designed by artist Jenny Holzer.
Tony-winning actor Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) will emcee the program, which will also feature a formal dedication by the New York City AIDS Memorial Board of Directors, a memorial reading of names, a poetry reading by Kamilah Aisha Moon, and a performance by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Elected officials, as well as representatives from the State and City Health Departments, will also speak.
For more information or to contribute to the New York City AIDS Memorial, visit nycaidsmemorial.org.