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'Day Without Art' marks impact of AIDS crisis


Today is the fifth annual Day Without Art, when arts institutions and communities nationwide and internationally acknowledge the AIDS crisis and mourn those lost to it. Organized by New York-based Visual AIDS, Day Without Art Locally, the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture says it knows of no official city observance of Day Without Art such as a darkened skyline, but some individual organizations will participate.

* The Baltimore Museum of Art will have an AIDS awareness information table with video presentations throughout the day. Admission will be free.

* School 33 Art Center will have an AIDS information stand with pamphlets about its prevention; both stand and pamphlets were created by artist Ricardo Zulueta, who was in residence at School 33 last summer.

* At Goucher College, the student organization Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and Straights for Diversity (B-GLAD) will shroud the current exhibition in the Rosenberg Gallery, and will distribute red ribbons in the Goucher post office all day. The bells of the college chapel will be rung at 12:30 p.m., followed by a prayer service led by Chaplain William W. Rich.

* Maryland Art Place and the Chesapeake AIDS Foundation are collaborating on a photographic exhibit on AIDS called "Proof Positive" that opens Dec. 9. Gallery-goers and others can see the exhibit tonight at 11:30 when Maryland Public Television will air "Gone Too Soon: Portraits of AIDS," a 10-minute feature based on conversations with the show's artists and curators. It will follow MPT's broadcast of "Common Threads: Stories of the Quilt," a film about the AIDS quilt, at 10 p.m.

* At Galerie Francoise, several posters will be exhibited from the Maryland Swim for Life poster contest. The contest, open to all Baltimore County public schoolchildren, is to design a poster for publicizing the third annual Maryland Swim for Life, to be held next June to benefit people with AIDS.

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