March 6 – June 19, 2022
The 2022 AMRD in collaboration with the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) and the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester will take place during the Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster Exhibit, being held from March 6 – June 19, 2022. Following a MAG sponsored lunch, Jessica Lacher Feldman, curator of the AIDS Education Poster Collection (do we want to say something about the tours/film loops) , and Donald Albrecht, curator of the exhibition, will speak about the Up Against the Wall Exhibit. Tours of the exhibit will be followed by a large group reflection on the exhibit, keynote, and panel. Short video snippets of local AIDS history will also be available for viewing.Lean More
The 2022 AMRD day program will extended into an Expanded Rainbow Dialogues Program (ERDP) which will include four unknown history sharing educational/cultural dialogues to be held at the Rochester Public Library as well as a tour of the AIDS Memorial Garden at Highland Park, Rochester, NY in the late Spring. Expanded Rainbow Dialogue Program with interactive panel discussions to consider and discuss through personal experiences and anecdotes the following significant AIDS crisis topics affecting the local response to the AIDS crisis not addressed in the day long program. The Expanded Rainbow Dialogues Program will include:
The Expanded Rainbow Dialogues Program will be held during the 4 months of the exhibit at the Rochester Public Library on Wednesday evenings and at the AIDS Memorial Garden at Highland Park, NY in early June. The AIDS Remembrance Garden is a living gift to the community and an honorarium to those who have been impacted by the AIDS Crisis. Jim Bridges, designer of the AIDS Memorial Garden, Rev. Paul Walker, past chair of GRAIN (the organization spearheading the drive to create a garden of memories at Highland Park, Rochester, NY where friends, families and organizations could donate plants, trees, bushes, and benches in honor of their loved ones who had died), and Kevin Indovino, caretaker of the Garden for many years, will share their personal connection to the Garden. The tour will include a firsthand look at copies of pages from the Book of Life in which is recorded the names of plants and in whose memory the plants were donated.
The Expanded Rainbow Dialogues Program will provide the community with more time to dialogue about issues and community response to the AIDS Crisis. Through the ERDP and the AIDS Memorial Garden Tour, the AMRD will be able to share information on an unknown and undocumented AIDS history and current progress in the AIDS epidemic. The ERDP will increase the opportunity for the community to learn, understand, and be challenged to think and change their attitudes, behavior, and get involved. Repetition is important in creating change. The AMRD will provide that opportunity through its ERDP including the AIDS Memorial Garden Tour.
See Expanded Rainbow Dialogues Program for dates, time, and location.Learn More