Conference on Stigma Issues Call for Artwork

Conference on Stigma Issues Call for Artwork

The 12th Annual International Conference on Stigma will be held from Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19, 2021 as a hybrid in-person/virtual event. On Monday and Friday the conference will be held in person at Howard University, and webcast live. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday events will be virtual. The theme for this year’s conference is “Trauma…Recovery…Healing.”

In conjunction with the conference, the Howard University Stigma Project has issued a call for submissions of artwork to be featured. Submissions may be paintings, drawings, photography, essays, poetry, videos, songs, or any other art medium.

The International Conference on Stigma will bring together researchers, community members, academics, policy makers, faith leaders, and young people to discuss the impact of HIV-related stigma and ongoing research on interventions to eliminate stigma. The conference will include plenary sessions, advocacy leadership training sessions, scientific poster presentations, networking opportunities, and artwork.

The stigma associated with HIV and other health conditions impedes treatment and prevention efforts. In response, the Howard University Stigma Project began as a group of professionals, community leaders, concerned individuals, and organizations who came together in 2009 to focus efforts to eliminate the stigma associated with HIV. Through the conference and related efforts, the Project plans to measure the burden of stigma, test the effectiveness of intervention mechanisms, implement appropriate strategies and determine their effect over time. Their goal is to create a Center for Social Justice in Healthcare for research, education and advocacy to fight stigma.

For more information and/or to submit your artwork, please write to [email protected]; you may also submit artwork at For conference information, log on to:

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.