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Updated 08/24/16

Surviving & Thriving

AIDS, Politics & CultureST-main

August 15th – September 2nd

The Q Center 4115 N Mississippi Ave.

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The Q Center, your host for the evening on Monday August 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 invites you to attend our program and view the exhibit for our opening night. The Q Center, Our House, Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) – Portland and the Cascade AIDS Project for our Surviving and Thriving AIDS, Politics & Culture Exhibit (on loan from OHSU) will hold a panel discussion that will begin at 6pm. The exhibit will be on display from August 15th to September 2nd.

The exhibition explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years. The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, explains that “centering the experience of people with AIDS in the exhibition allows us to see how critical they were, and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS.

Surviving and Thriving” presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. The six-banner traveling exhibition utilizes a variety of historic photographs as well as images of pamphlets and publications to illustrate how a group of people responded to, or failed to respond, to HIV/AIDS.

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture began traveling around the United States in October 2013.

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Credit line: This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Curated by Jennifer Brier, PhD, University of Illinois

On the Panel, we will have:

  1. Steve Headington -President of Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) Portland
  2. James Lindquist – Director of Development of Our House of Portland
  3. Tyler TerMeer – Executive Director of Cascade AIDS Project
  4. Scott Moore – Director of Development & Communications of Quest Center for Integrative Health
  5. Vaughn Frick – Community Activist; Political Cartoonist; Former Act Up of Oregon
  6. Katy Byrtus – HIV Service Coordinator for The Women of Wisdom of The Quest Center for Integrative Health

Raina Daniels will be the panel facilitator

All panelist are long term survivors