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AIDS Memorial Pathway at Cal Anderson Park: Call for Artists

by Paul Feldman / Project Coordinator / The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway
| May 17, 2018

What do you get when you mash up one of Seattle’s most famous and well-used city parks with a public plaza surrounded by 428 affordable and market-rate apartments built over a light rail station?

With the selection of a lead design team artist(s), The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway will get an integrated art plan for its site at Cal Anderson Park and the transit-oriented development above the adjacent Capitol Hill Link light rail station. Information for artists and others about the public art opportunity is available here.

Submissions are due May 29.

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What is The AIDS Memorial Pathway? The AMP, community-driven and -funded, will use public art to create a physical place for remembrance and reflection; utilize technology to share stories about the epidemic and the diverse community responses to the crisis; and provide a call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma, and discrimination. The AMP is now raising $2.5 million for the project.

Why now? Because many long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS and community leaders who built King County’s impressive continuum of care and prevention when AIDS surfaced in the U.S. in 1981 are our elders, and it is important to record their oral histories now. And because The AMP was able to secure an iconic location for The AMP at and near the park named for our beloved Cal Anderson, Washington state’s first openly-LGBTQ elected official, who died from AIDS in 1995.

How can I help? The AMP needs donations of time and funds. To learn more about volunteering – and to be invited to The AMP’s next monthly volunteer orientation – email volunteer@theamp.org. To donate, please visit the website at https://theamp.org.

Paul Feldman, project coordinator for The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway, has been living with HIV/AIDS for almost 40 years and has been an AIDS activist for almost as long. 

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