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Hudson Valley Community College to Host Speaker in Recognition of World AIDS Day

Contact: Jessica Shahda, (518) 629-7180,
For Release: Immediately, Monday, Nov. 17, 2008


Hudson Valley Community College’s Cultural Affairs Program

WHAT: “Dona Ann McAdams Presents: Art, AIDS and Activism in Recognition of World AIDS Day”

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008


Hudson Valley Community College

Maureen Stapleton Theatre
80 Vandenburgh Ave.


The symbol of Worlds AIDS Day that we display on our lapels, jackets and dresses first gained popularity in the early 1990’s when a number of New York artists linked to the nonprofit group Visual AIDS came up with the idea to create a Red Ribbon. The symbol was used to represent compassion and solidarity for people living with the disease, and their caregivers, while the color red symbolizes passion, blood and love. Dona Ann McAdams was the member of Visual AIDS who is credited with originating the Red Ribbon as what is now the global symbol in the fight against AIDS.

Dona Ann McAdams’ photograph is in the permanent collections of, among other places, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Print Club, and The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. This event is free and open to the public.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Members of the media will have the chance to interview Dona Ann McAdams.