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Frame by Frame Fierce
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Visual AIDS World AIDS Day 2001

Visual AIDS partnered with the House of Frame By Frame Fierce on a new and important project for Day Without Art/World AIDS Day 2001. Shawn Atkins and Luna Luis Ortiz (a member of the Visual AIDS Archive Project) founded the House of Frame By Frame Fierce in response to the troubling trends in HIV infection among youth. Every hour two Americans under the age of 25 are infected. Atkins and Ortiz worked with a diverse group of young people to create four animated public services service announcements targeted at youth most at-risk of infection. Visual AIDS distributed the Frame By Frame Fierce video to cultural institutions and AIDS education organizations around the country to be shown on December 1, 2001.

Visual AIDS and its artists were also represented in two exhibits that coincided with World AIDS Day. "20 Years: It's Closer Than You Think" on display at the GMHC 4th Floor Gallery (119 West 24th Street, New York City) until January 12. The Visual AIDS Lightbox exhibit is on display throughout GMHC as well. "Recovering the Positive: Originals" is on display at the Arnold & Shelia Aronson Galleries, Parsons School of Design (66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York City) until January 11.

Venues and organizations that displayed Frame By Frame Fierce included: Allegheny College Art Galleries; American Folk Art Museum; The Bronx Museum of Arts; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; College of New Rochelle; Colorado State University; Cooper Union School of Art; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College; Dartmouth College; Dia Center for the Arts; Gay Men of African Descent; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University; Horace Mann School; Illinois State University; L.A. Eyeworks; Legion Arts and Rapids AIDS Project: Lehman College Art Gallery; McHenry County College; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of the City of New York; Nancy Hoffman Gallery; Parsons School of Design; Photography in New York; Polari Medical Group; Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School; San Luis Valley Area Health Education; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Texas Tech University, School of Art; University of Michigan; Wessel + O'Connor and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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  Postcards From the Edge Benefit
Postcards from the Edge Benefit
  This year's "Postcards From the Edge" benefit was the biggest and best yet! 575 artists contributed work, and we had 639 postcard-sized works in the show. The event raised over $20,000, far surpassing last year's record and our expectations. This demonstrates the spirit and generosity of the arts community.

We would like to thank Sara Meltzer for her hospitality in allowing us to take over her terrific gallery space for the day; Canson-Talens, Inc. for their generous donation of 1,000 blank postcards that were distributed to artists; and the many volunteers who gave their time to make the event possible.

A special thank you to all the artists who contributed their time and talent to the event -- we were overwhelmed not just by the quantity of art submitted but more so by the quality of the work. Finally, thank you to everyone who showed up, stood in line (sometimes for hours), and bought art! The Visual AIDS board, staff and member artists truly appreciate the wonderful show of support.

Postcards from the Edge Benefit

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  Craft Emergency Relief Fund Grant

Visual AIDS is pleased to announce that for the second year, we have received a generous grant from the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), a non-profit organization which provides immediate support to crafts people suffering career threatening emergencies. (For more information on CERF and its services, visit:

The CERF grant will be used to support Visual AIDS ongoing Artists Material Grant program. Specifically, the funds will be used for grant applications in craft media, including: basketry, ceramics, enamel, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, paper, textiles, and wood. Grant requests for these materials are strongly encouraged.

To apply, simply contact Visual AIDS to request a form and then complete the application indicating which of these materials you will purchase with your grant. The same criteria apply as for any Visual AIDS Materials Grant: you must be a member of the Archive Project and demonstrate financial need; you may receive no more than two Material Grants in one year; and priority is given to first time applicants. Visual AIDS also has information and materials for member artists who may be eligible to apply directly to CERF for assistance.

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Thank You

As the new year begins, the Visual AIDS Board of Directors and staff would like to recognize our major donors for their support and leadership. Thank you: Abbott Laboratories; Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; The City of New York, Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Challenge Program; Craft Emergency Relief Fund; The Debs Foundation; The Arthur F. & Arnold M. Frankel Foundation; The David Geffen Foundation; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Gramercy Park Foundation; Mary J. Hutchins Foundation; Elton John AIDS Foundation; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; New York Gay Pool League; Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.; Pfizer, Incorporated; and Wessel + O'Connor. We cannot over emphasize how important you are to us, and we can never thank you enough.

Thanks also to the many, many individual donors and volunteers who have given so generously to Visual AIDS. As a small organization, we can truly say that every contribution matters. Your support has made our work possible.

Without all of our donors, supporters and volunteers, there would be no Visual AIDS. We look forward to continuing our partnerships and building our community in the new year.

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