World AIDS Day Programs Benefit University of Rochester Initiatives

Exhibits, events raise awareness and funds for HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, Strong AIDS Clinic

November 21, 2005

Numerous events to be held in recognition of international World AIDS Day will help increase awareness in the Rochester area about HIV and AIDS, including an art exhibition and gala at the High Falls Center Art Gallery that will raise funds for programs developed by the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit and Strong AIDS Clinic at the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as St. Mary’s Hospice.

World AIDS Day began in 1988 and is held each year on Dec. 1 as a way to raise awareness about the state of HIV/AIDS in the United States and throughout the world.

The following are events related to World AIDS Day 2005. For a complete listing, check out www.positivelyonthego.com/Events.html.

  • Fine art exhibit featuring artist John Cianciotta, who created artwork especially for World AIDS Day, now through Dec. 31 at the High Falls Center Art Gallery, 60 Brown’s Race; free and open to the public; call (585) 325-2030 for hours.
  • Fine art exhibit featuring artist John Cianciotta, through Jan. 31 at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Miner Medical Library; call (585) 275-3361 for library hours. Special reception with the artist from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 that includes a 10-minute film about HIV vaccine studies and comments from trial volunteers about the importance of the studies; all free and open to the public.
  • Candlelight ceremony at noon on Dec. 1 in the Strong Memorial Hospital Chapel to remember all who have been affected by HIV/AIDS; free and open to the public. Visitors may ask the Lobby Information Desk for directions to the chapel.
  • Showing of “The Constant Gardener,” a controversial film currently playing in cinemas across the Unite States about medical research and informed consent, at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Kornberg Medical Research Building, Lower S Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Global AIDS Involvement Network; free and open to the public.
  • Fine art exhibit featuring artist John Cianciotta and “1620,” gala, art sale and silent auction, 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2 at the High Falls Center Art Gallery, 60 Brown’s Race; proceeds to benefit the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit and Strong AIDS Clinic at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and St. Mary’s Hospice; $15 suggested donation at the door.
  • Health fair beginning at 6 p.m., jazz and music performance from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 3 at Kodak Building 28 on West Ridge Road at Lake Avenue; free and open to the public, advanced reservations required by calling (585) 262-4330 extension 3103.

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