Day Without Art Web Action
Day Without Art Web Action is an annual on-line observance to publicly unite individuals and organizations via the web around the grave impact of HIV/AIDS. This project launches each year on December 1st, World AIDS Day.
Day Without Art was initiated in 1989 by Visual AIDS as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some eight hundred US art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part on both the national and international levels.
Creative Time, a proud DWA participant, presents the Banner Project, a series of web banners commenting on various issues around HIV/AIDS and the importance of recognizing Day Without Art. The Daily Dispatch is also run through Creative Time and explores how the AIDS pandemic is impacting communities globally. Both projects are committed to presenting adventurous, experimental art in the public realm. Creative Time works closely with artists of all disciplines, bringing about cultural expression and introducing the public to cutting-edge contemporary art practices. The Daily Dispatch invites artists to send in their proposals addressing a particular facet of the HIV/AIDS experience. The artist is offered a month to tell their story through a series of daily images accompanied by short captions (as little as a sentence and no more than one paragraph).