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ERADICATE STIGMA AND END DISCRIMINATION

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For more than 30 years, the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City has been committed to eliminating the stigma, suffering, and spread of HIV/AIDS. As a leader in the fight against this disease, the Foundation provides educational and financial resources to four local organizations that directly support the more than 5,700 men, women, and children in Kansas City affected by HIV/AIDS. Your generosity allows KC Care Health Center, SAVE Inc., Thrive Health Connection, and Hope Care Center to continue to diagnose, treat, and provide holistic support.

In addition to supporting these organizations, the Foundation also contributes to its Aids Service Foundation Community Fund. This fund awards grants to not-for-profit organizations that serve the specialized needs of the diverse communities dealing with HIV/AIDS, provide support to their families, and/or promote education and prevention.

Kansas City continues to surpass national trends for its rate of suppressing viral loads – 74% locally compared to 35% nationally. This is a direct result of ASFGKC’s dedication and hard work over the past three decades. Kansas City’s record is testimony to the U=U campaign promise that “Undetectable equals Untransmittable” and shows how continued local support will help area residents live full, productive lives.

HIV/AIDS is not over

We have seen great advancements in the past several years with drug therapies. Many have made miraculous changes in HIV and AIDS patients’ lives and those who care for them. However, many obstacles still exist for those fighting this disease, such as stigma, the expenses and availability of treatments, and the continuous need for direct services of life’s essentials like housing, food, and care.

Stigma is bad for everyone, but HIV-related stigma is one of the most challenging obstacles for those living with this disease. Negative attitudes and uneducated opinions towards people living with HIV can negatively affect their health and well-being. These actions often hinder people from learning their HIV status, accessing treatment, or staying in care. This is why ASFGKC is here. We are with you, and together, we will continue to educate, support, and serve Kansas City’s HIV/AIDS community.

People, especially our youth and young adults, are still contracting HIV. While we’re pleased with the progress Kansas City has made, no one should be content with the nearly 5,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in our community.

Since 1992, the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City has steadfastly remained true to its founding mission and continues to be an essential part of the HIV/AIDS fabric. Our mission remains the same — to fund local organizations that provide food, shelter, medical support, and other services to our area’s diverse communities living with HIV/AIDS. We are passionate about educating the public about this disease.

Our mission is simple. The charge is clear—passion, your passion, fuels every action of this very foundation. 

HAPPENING NOW

2020 Mural

World AIDS Day 2021 Mural/
Graffiti Art Project

HIV/AIDS
Activism Through Art

CALL FOR ARTISTS

World AIDS Day 2021 is Wednesday, December 1. In recognition of 2020’s HIV/AIDS Activism Through Art theme, the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City has decided to continue with this theme for 2021 and is now accepting mural/graffiti art proposals.

The Project Leadership Team suggests as Picasso did with Guernica, Van Gogh did with The Potato Eaters, Jean Michel Basquiat with El Gran Espectaculo (History of Black People), Frida Kahlo with My Dress Hangs Here, and Keith Haring did with Silence = Death, artists have the ability to create art that visually encapsulates education, sorrow, suffering, and hope.

Local Kansas City muralist Jarod Horman created the 2020 World AIDS Day Mural. This work of art can be found on the northbound side of the KC Care Clinic located at 3531 Broadway here in Kansas City. 

A Request for Proposal (RFP) to find a qualified artist or art team has been created. The goal for 2021’s mural/graffiti art project are as follows:

  • Create a public large-scale and site-specific outdoor mural/graffiti that will tell a story and sparks conversation around HIV/AIDS in the Kansas City community.
  • ASF desires this art to highlight the need for equitable care for all diverse communities as seen through the HIV lens and represent the diverse face of HIV/AIDS, reminding everyone that stigma must be eliminated.

All interested parties are asked to go to Download the RFP to learn details of submission and deadline. Apply by September 15!

For further information, please contact:
Michael Lintecum, Event Director, 913-269-7960 

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