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fri28augAll DayFeaturedArt Heals Festival(All Day: friday) VirtualCategories:Activism,Film,LGBTQ+,MusicAges:All Ages


In observance of Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on August 20, 2020, WhatsintheMirror? presents its Inaugural Art Heals Festival: a four day multidisciplinary virtual art festival that addresses social justice issues and advocates to eliminate HIV and mental health stigma through a healing justice framework, streaming August 27 through August 30, 2020.

The goals of the Art Heals Festival are to:

  • Provide an inclusive and impactful platform that engages the community around social justice topics through artistic expression
  • Explore how art can be used as a mechanism to heal and restore vibrant ways of living
  • Hold brave spaces for meaningful involvement of people living with HIV and/or mental health conditions and all gender identities and body types

Art Heals Festival 2020 will premiere the new documentary, AND THEY WERE LOVED, directed By Malik Julien and the workshop premiere of the original play, SCHOOLBOY, written and directed by Tarik Daniels.

The festival will also feature the following artists and more:

  • Virtual performances by local performance artists, including Theo Love and Queen Deelah
  • DJ sets from DJ Chorizo Funk & Legendary Chicago’s own DJ Shani
  • Keynote Speakers: Dr. Will Mosley and Founder of the Safe Place App, Jasmin Pierre
  • Hosted by Social Media Influencers, Franki Phoenix and Zac Miles

We are also proud to include the films THRIVE presented by Kind Clinic, The Last Stop, and the viral hit, VOGUE 4 BLACK LIVES MATTER by Kemar Jewel.

This event is free and open to the public. The livestream can be accessed through the WhatsintheMirror? website, Zoom, and Facebook.

Art has the capacity to move us, to open up new ways of thinking and understanding, to increase our empathy, and inspire us to take action. Join us in creating an artistic celebration where everyone can enjoy photography, paintings, theater, performances, poetry, and more!

The Art Heals Project & The Art Heals Festival are made possible by funding from the COMPASS Initiative® to Expand Efforts to Combat HIV in Austin. Funding is Part of Gilead Sciences COMPASS Initiative® to Curb HIV Infection Rate, Reduce Stigma in the South.



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