2021 Call for Creative Art to Fight Stigma

Deadline for submission: October 8, 2021

Health-related stigma refers to negative attitudes and beliefs that cause people to fear, reject, avoid, and belittle people with certain illnesses or conditions. It involves labeling people as “different.”  Stigma is a major problem for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, genetic disorders, and many other health conditions.  Despite medical advances in HIV care, the virus continues to spread due to lack of treatment. It is our belief that we need to acknowledge and address stigma as a barrier to prevention and treatment.

We would like to invite you to submit original artwork in the form of artistic paintings, drawings, essays, poetry, videos, songs, or any art medium surrounding the topic of stigma.  Prizes will be awarded, and winning pieces may be featured at the 12th International Conference on Stigma to be held at Howard University, Washington DC on November 15-19th, 2021 (combination of in person and virtual).  The theme this year is: Trauma…Recovery…Healing

Please forward your creative work or questions to Patricia Houston at: phouston@howard.edu; phone: 202-865-4578, or submit below:

  • Submit your artwork here!

    Want to get featured on this page? Whether it is a diagnosis of HIV or a lifelong battle with depression, stigma affects all of us. We have an ongoing call for artwork depicting the shame, denial, and secrets perpetuated by a world of stigma. Submit your paintings, videos, essays, poetry, and other forms of art that have an anti-stigma message.
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    Submission deadline: October 8, 2021

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