July 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
One way we hope to involve audiences who may otherwise not engage with our summer exhibition in a gallery setting is to present a comics-making workshop led by scholars and comic artists. Geared towards queer and trans* youth of color, this workshop will consider the power of art activism and the role comics can play in reaching specific communities and provoking dialogue to investigate social change. Workshop participants will gain a new artistic skill while learning about the role comics have played in the AIDS epidemic. With this program, we want to keep in mind our mission, to demonstrate that HIV is still a contemporary issue.
Using art in the form of comics is an exciting and accessible way of presenting information and challenging the prevalence of HIV-related stigma. It will reinforce the power of art to share testimonies and educate about HIV and AIDS in an appealing way, especially for younger people. It also allows us to consider different ways to engage artists and their work, and address stigma. We will encourage individuals living with HIV to participate, so that they too can create work based on their own experiences navigating internalized, community, and healthcare stigma. Workshop participants will build skills in thinking creatively and building opportunities for honest and non-judgmental conversations about HIV. This directly aligns with Humanities New York’s Goal Two, to reach vulnerable communities and other new audiences and to
create programming to serve those communities.
The workshop will include 30 youth participants and be facilitated by cartoonist and arts educator Carlo Quispe, fine artist and cartoonist James Romberger, and Marguerite Van Cook. James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook are humanities scholars with extensive teaching backgrounds and direct personal experiences living with HIV. Their knowledge will engage workshop participants’ inquiry and dialogue around comics as an important framework for HIV and AIDS education and activism, and help to build community among young people.