Boston University College of Fine Arts to Observe Day Without Art / World AIDS Day

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 |
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 |

(Boston) – The Boston University College of Fine Arts will observe Day With(out) Art / World AIDS Day this Friday, December 1, with contributions from the School of Theatre and the School of Visual Arts.

Students, faculty, and staff from the College of Fine Arts (CFA), along with the student-run BU Art League, will organize events and prepare site-specific outdoor art to promote AIDS awareness on the Boston University campus:

• The School of Theatre will host a silent auction in the lobby of CFA to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization that works with the American theatre community to raise funds for AIDS-related causes across the U.S. Autographed Broadway posters have been donated by Actors Equity Association to be auctioned at CFA throughout the day this Friday.

• Approximately 136 red X’s will be taped to the sidewalk in front of CFA to represent the number of new cases of AIDS diagnosed in the U.S. on a daily basis.

• Inspired by the red ribbon, an international symbol of AIDS awareness, 48 red banners will be hung from windows at CFA.

• Banners and posters will be on display at CFA outlining the alarming statistics of AIDS and its effects on the world.

Organized and run by students, the goal of these activities is to build awareness of this devastating disease at Boston University and to position the College of Fine Arts as a leader in supporting AIDS awareness in Boston, as well as the art world as a whole.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.