FRAMING AIDS 2008, Queens’ Annual Observance of World AIDS Day Through the Arts

FRAMING AIDS 2008, Queens’ Annual Observance of World AIDS Day Through the Arts, a program of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, presents an Art Exhibition, Film Screenings, Panel Talks, and Online Multimedia Projects from November 30 through December 22, 2008 in various venues in Queens, NYC.

(Queens, NY- November, 10 2008)- For the fourth consecutive year, Queens’ youngest non-for profit cultural organization, QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, has organized the presentation of FRAMING AIDS 2008, Queens’ Annual Observance of World AIDS Day Through The Arts. The three weeks, multidisciplinary event consists of an Art Exhibition, Film Screenings, Online Media Projects and community outreach programs created to raise awareness about the World Pandemic in local communities and NYC at large.

ART EXHIBITION, November 30 – December 22, hosted at The Queens Museum of Art: Community Gallery, will feature the work of local artists who were selected based on this year’s inspiration theme  “Joy and laughter are essential for life…”  proposed by guest curator, Ada Cintron. Some of the selected artists are: Mimi Kim (Photographer), Ari Tabei (Video Performance), Sofia Maldonado (Mural Painting), Randy West (Video), Dominique Di Piedtrantoni (Installation Sculpture), Melisa Anderson (Painting), and many more. The Opening Reception, Sunday, November 30, 3 – 7 PM, includes ELECTRONIC SOUNDS by recording artist Costanza with (B_CO.ME) Marco Mesina, and SPOKEN WORD POETRY by acclaimed writer, Emanuel Xavier; performance artist, Caridad De La Luz a.k.a La Bruja; and slam poet, Roberto Vassilarakis a.k.a. Simply Rob. The Closing Event, Sunday, December 21, 5 – 7PM, will feature the MEDIA PERFORMANCE of Ari Tabei, and an ARTIST TALK session with participant guest artists, community AIDS activists, and representatives from AIDS Center of Queens County, ACQC.

FILM SCREENINGS, Monday, December 1, 3 – 5 PM &  7 – 9 PM at La Guardia Performing Arts Center, Little Theater, La Guardia Community College, include Sridhar Rangayan’s “68 Pages: Marked by Pain, Bound by Hope,” a feature film that strings together stories of five HIV positive people from different high risk groups in India, and Diego Torres’ documentary “HIV North/South” presenting various stories of HIV people from Spain and Bolivia. After the screenings, there will be a Panel Discussion and Q&A Session with attending filmmaker, Diego Torres; Sapna D. Pandya, MPH, and Viraj Patel, producers of “68 Pages”, and representatives from ACQC, AIDS Center of Queens County.

ONLINE MEDIA PROJECTS, Monday, December 1, featured in the programs’ new website will feature digital animations and Vidcasts, created by NYC college students in their senior year. The short and compelling works tell stories about living with HIV/AIDS from different perspectives and reference the various communities of the borough of Queens.

Queens Museum of Art (NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park). Take #7 Train to Main Street, Flushing. Exit at Shea Stadium, walk in the direction of the park until you see the metallic globe structure.
La Guardia Community College (31-10 Thomson Avenue, LIC, N.Y. 11101). Take the 7 train to 33rd/Rawson or the E, G, V, R to Queens Plaza. 10 minutes from Grand Central Station.

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QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, is a non-for profit cultural organization co-founded and presently under the direction of New Media Artist, Hector Canonge. QMAD produces and implements programs in the arts communications media to encourage Queen’s multicultural communities to actively participate in the forging of an artistic identity for the borough.  Based on one of the city’s most diverse areas, QMAD acknowledges the artistic potential of residents in Queens, and facilitates access to educational activities, cultural events and resources so people participating in the various programs can gain agency in their creative and artistic goals. All QMAD’s programs are FREE OF CHARGE and of benefit to underserved populations of the borough.

As part of World AIDS Awareness, QMAD created and produces FRAMING AIDS since 2005.  The program is intended to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS affecting the communities of Queens, and NYC at large.  Hosted by institutions like Elmhurst Hospital Center, La Guardia Performing Arts Center at La Guardia Community College, The Queens Museum, and in partnership with local organizations like AIDS Center of Queens County, ACQC, MetroPlus, and other non for profits like Scenarios USA, and VISUAL AIDS, FRAMING AIDS has become Queen’s Annual Observance of World AIDS Day Through the Arts.

For more details about the FRAMING AIDS 2008 contact:
Hector Canonge: or Ada Cintron:

For more information about QMAD, visit:


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