On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Salt Lake community will join with organizations nationwide in the second annual Day Without Art, coinciding with the World Health Organization's annual AIDS Awareness Day. The observance has a three-fold purpose - to celebrate the achievements and lives of those affected by AIDS, to encourage action to cure and care for all people with AIDS, and to educate the public about HIV infection.
"The AIDS epidemic has affected the arts community across the nation with the loss of artists in music, video, film, design, theater, dance, and the visual and literary arts. Nor has the Utah creative community been left unscathed," said publicist Kim Duffin.The Salt Lake Arts Council and the Salt Lake Art Center, in cooperation with the Utah AIDS Foundation and the People with AIDS Coalition, will coordinate a number of arts events locally.
The Art Center, 20 S. West Temple, will have programming from noon to 6 p.m. Then at 7 p.m. literary readings, performances and a reception will begin at the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane. Those attending are encouraged to bring food and personal care items to be distributed to people with AIDS in the Salt Lake area. Such items, plus home cleaning products, are also being collected daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Art Barn through Friday, Dec. 7.
Cash donations are being accepted for the Quilt Fund, created to provide direct, emergency financial support - rent, transportation, emergency medical, utility bills, etc. - to persons living with AIDS. The Quilt Fund is managed jointly by the Utah AIDS Foundation and the People with AIDS Coalition.
The schedule for the AIDS Awareness Day/Day Without Art at the Salt Lake Art Center is as follows:
Noon-2 p.m. Films: "The Smarra,", "SL1" and "Muscrats" by Larry Roberts.
2-3 p.m. Literary readings from works of Tim Barrus, Albert Innaurato and Carol Lynn Pearson by Richard Nelson, Tom Jacobsen and Gail Hickman.
3-4 p.m. Film, "Attack of the Brine Shrimp" by Mike Cassidy.
4-5 p.m. Literary/poetry readings from works of Sam D'Allesandro, Cookie Mueller, George Whitmore.
5-6 p.m. Short theater works performed by Joe Pitti, Teri Cowan, Betsy Nagle, Jayceen Craven, Mark Chambers, Gail Hickman, Vicki Pugmire, Gene Pack, Barb Gandy, Bill Sargent, John Clark and Kim Blackett.
At the Art Barn, a continuous program of mixed works will take place 7-8 p.m. and a photographic exhibit, "A Test of Love: AIDS in Utah," by Cheri Piefke, will be on display. At 10:30 p.m., there will be a candelight vigil. The Salt Lake Vocal Ensemble will dedicate its 8 p.m. concert at First United Methodist Church, 203 S. 200 East, to the Day Without Arts.