Bon Voyage, Tom: Synthesis and Conclusions

In summation, activists involved in the movement raised millions of dollars toward research: they have been the driving force behind reversing the social stigma of HIV and have inspired those who struggle with the reality of AIDs to remain hopeful. More specifically, hopeful for a more effective path to finding a cure and not allowing their disease to hinder them from living their lives to the fullest. By utilizing the power of art to unite those affected by the disease, the movement has created a sense of community. The collection of artists that have fueled said cause over the span of its existence have utilized a versatile array of mediums and motifs. Initially, painters used more serious forms of expression to stress dangers of the disease. however as attention and support was rallied behind the HIV community, artists began to shape the purpose of the movement into creating a better understanding of the disease among those unaffected by AIDs. This movement displays true altruistic motives; HIV/AIDs has taken the lives of millions of people around the globe, yet organizations such as Art for Aids (San Francisco Bay Times) and Visual Aids have been able to conjure a message of positivity from something so grim. It is evident that without the hard work, determination and passionate efforts of the art community, the collective battle against the HIV virus might not have progressed as far as it currently has.

This video provides a summary of Art for Aids: