World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, and the first one was held in 1988.
Below is information about local events commemorating World AIDS Day. Click here for more information and the most updated list of events.
DATE CHANGE: World AIDS Day Ceremony of Celebration and Remembrance: Join Positive Link with IU Health Bloomington for the World AIDS Day Ceremony of Celebration and Remembrance on Thursday, November 30th, at 5:30 PM at the Bloomington Fountain Square Ballroom.
World AIDS Day Featuring Kenyetta’ Dance Company: Join Arts for AIDS as they host the Kenyetta’ Dance Company during their World AIDS Day event on Thursday, November 30th, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at The Commons in Columbus, Indiana. Attendees will be welcomed by the Batesville Xylophone players and will enjoy an opening performance from members of the Asante Actors of Indianapolis. The Master of Ceremony is Kyle Inskeep from Fox News in Indianapolis. Any funds raised will benefit local Indiana AIDS health programming and programs in Southern Indiana, Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Food sales will be available by La Petit Caribe. Cash bar, an African bazaar, and silent auction items will also be available. Click here for tickets and additional information.
World AIDS Day Memorial Service at The Church Within: Please join the Circle City HIV/AIDS Coalition and The Church Within for the annual observance of World AIDS Day in Indianapolis on Thursday, November 30th, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at The Church Within, 1125 Spruce Street, Fountain Square. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and remember those Hoosiers lost to HIV/AIDS. Paula French, Co-Executive Director of Step-Up, Inc. and Reverend Darren Chittick have been invited to share their insight and reflections. The Indianapolis Women’s Chorus and the Quarryland Men’s Chorus of Bloomington have been invited to perform as special musical guests. The service will be ASL Interpreted. All are welcome. For more information, contact Stephen Everett at (317) 446-8519.
Indiana AIDS Memorial Re-Dedication at Crown Hill: You’re invited to the Indiana AIDS Memorial Re-Dedication at Crown Hill Cemetery, presented by The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, on Friday, December 1st, at 9:00 AM. Come listen to speakers give a history of HIV/AIDS in Indiana and the memorial’s significance to the community. The re-dedication will conclude with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and there will be a reception at the Gothic Chapel in Crown Hill. The Indiana AIDS Memorial at Crown Hill Cemetery is a permanent memorial dedicated in October 2000 to the thousands of lives lost to the AIDS epidemic, situated in the beautiful wooded area in the older part of the cemetery in the northeast corner of section 90. It is a beautiful setting for reflection and remembrance, as well as a visual reminder of the impact of the AIDS epidemic.
World AIDS Day Luncheon at the Indianapolis Urban League: Enjoy a multicultural celebration of HIV/AIDS awareness and learn about support services’ work in Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and around the globe at the World AIDS Day Luncheon on Friday, December 1st, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Indianapolis Urban League. Enjoy a lunch full of international cuisine, hear about the state of HIV/AIDS and the work that’s being done to combat this issue, and mingle with people from all walks of life. Click here for more information and to register.
World AIDS Day Celebration with Jennifer Holliday: Join Brothers United for their World AIDS Day Celebration as Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday delivers the 2017 World AIDS Day keynote address on Friday, December 1st, at 7:00 PM at the Indianapolis Marriott North. Trans advocate Tiommi Luckett will also be speaking/performing. Paula French will be recognized as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. Tickets can be purchased at Brothers United or via Eventbrite. Click here for tickets and additional information.
2017 Women & AIDS Conference: Come out and learn about HIV and the local landscape, treatment as prevention, HIV care and services, HIV medications, and resources in the community at the 2017 Women & AIDS Conference on Thursday, December 7th, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Logan Center in South Bend. This year’s topic is “HIV Prevention: Where Do We Go From Here”. Lunch will be provided. Contact Debra Stanley with Imani Unidad Inc. at (574) 288-2887 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.