2018 Call for Art

Call for Creative Art to Fight Stigma!

Deadline for submission: October 1, 2018

We believe it is important to continue having an honest conversation about the attitude that spreads HIV/AIDS as well as other health-related stigma. Stigma refers to a group of 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 issues.  Despite medical advances in HIV care, the disease continues to spread globally. Even when there is mental health care availability, people continue to avoid 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 artwork in the form of artistic paintings, drawing, 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 9th International Conference on Stigma: Bridging Research, Community, and Practice to be held at Howard University Cramton Auditorium, Washington, DC on November 16th, 2018.

Please forward your creative work or questions to:

Patricia Houston at: phouston@howard.edu; phone: 202-865-4578