Welcome to the Team – Frontdesk

A&U would like to welcome Alina Oswald as our new Managing Editor, Alina is not new to our readers she has been writing for us since 2003. Welcome aboard Alina.

Thank you for your kind words. I’m excited to take on the new role, while, at the same time, very much aware that I have some big shoes to fill. And so, I want to start by thanking the former Managing Editor, Chael Needle, for the awe-inspiring and outstanding work he always did for A&U, and also for taking a chance on me, and mentoring me into the writer and editor I am today. You can read more about my personal journey to Finding Art & Understanding in this issue of A&U.

This month’s cover story focuses on Ron B., an HIV advocate, and an actor who has appeared in TV series like Law & Order and Shaft, as well as in the iconic Angels in America HBO mini-series. Ron B. is also the celebrity host of the award-winning show No Boundaries Up Close and Personal.

In this issue, visual artists, including Kurt Weston, Mario Sostre, and Wolfgang Busch, use their art to discuss the symbolism and meaning of HIV intersectionality. Also, author Hans M. Hirschi talks about his new book, Michel: Fallen Angel of Paris, which tells a collective story of the HIV and AIDS crisis.

Also in this issue, we take a look at the history of the AIDS Walk New York fundraising event. After two years of taking place online, because of COVID, this May, the walkathon will happen in person, again. People from all over the country and around the world will meet again in Central Park to walk together and “Make AIDS History.”