The City of West Hollywood and Los Angeles creative agency Wondros are hosting “Building the Legacy: An Evening of Storytelling for the West Hollywood AIDS Monument” on Saturday, June 15, starting at 5pm – 7pm, at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers (625 N San Vicente Blvd.) The event is a special evening of storytelling to share reflections that will inform the design of the West Hollywood AIDS Monument, built by the not-for-profit Foundation for the AIDS Monument.
The evening will also serve as the public launch of a dedicated website for people to post their personal stories. People in West Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area are encouraged to share their stories about the personal and community impact of HIV/AIDS at www.aidsmonument.org/stories. The stories will ultimately become part of an archive to preserve the remembrances of all who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. These stories will be shared with Daniel Tobin, the artist who is designing the AIDS Monument, to help inform his work, and will ultimately become part of an archive to preserve the remembrances of those affected by the AIDS epidemic.
Speakers at the event include:
Featured Guest – West Hollywood AIDS Monument Artist Daniel Tobin
Moderator – Rocco Kayiatos – Visual Editor, INTO Magazine
Mayor John Duran
Mayor Pro-Tempore John D’Amico
Karen Ocamb – News Editor, The Los Angeles Blade
Rev. Dr. Steve Pieters – Long-term survivor of AIDS and one of two survivors of the notorious suramin trials in 1985
Dr. Phill Wilson – President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute
The AIDS Monument will memorialize the devastation of AIDS on our nation, and will honor the courage of activists, caregivers, and community leaders.
The Monument will be in West Hollywood Park, the most prominent public space in the City. It will be a work of art with global significance, and an iconic landmark for the City.
Follow the amazing stories on Instagram at @theaidsmemorial