“…wonderful work!” ~ Grace

“important work!” ~ Theresa

“…this is great!” ~ Dr. Nelson

The Harlem AIDS Blanket: A Community Arts Collaboration  

The Harlem AIDS Blanket project is an out-of-school-time art education project aimed at raising awareness and strengthening public support of HIV/AIDS in Harlem and beyond. The project is sponsored by Teachers College’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), visual artist Danny Tisdale of Tisdale Studio and the AmeriCorps Program.

Over a million Americans are estimated to be living with HIV. Worldwide an estimated 33 million people are living with HIV. Established in 1988, World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st, and it provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

 New York City remains the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. More than 100,000 New Yorkers are living with HIV, but thousands don’t know they’re infected. New York City has the highest AIDS case rate in the country and Harlem’s mortality rate from the disease is nearly double that of other areas in the city. Eighty percent of new AIDS diagnoses and deaths in New York City are among African Americans and Hispanics.

The Harlem AIDS Blanket is one of four Harlem-based projects supported by an award from AmeriCorps, in partnership with the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. For almost forty years, IUME has used education advocacy, demonstration, evaluation, information dissemination, research and technical assistance to study and improve the quality of life chances of minority people and urban communities.

You and your organization or business, are invited to join the Harlem AIDS Blanket by

  • Creating an art patch to the blanket;
  • Making a financial donating  or in-kind support to the project;
  • Hosting a 60 minute patch-making workshop;
  • Volunteering your time to the project; and/or
  • Advertising the Harlem AIDS Blanket.

Please join us in our effort to bring awareness to this epidemic in Harlem. For more information about the Harlem AIDS Blanket and how you can be involved please go to harlemaidsblanket.wordpress.com/ or contact us at the harlemaidsblanket@yahoo.com.


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