Alternate Endings, Activist Risings

Film with Cana Caldwell , Louis Shackelford, Stephaun E. Wallace

Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

In honor of World AIDS Day and the 29th iteration of Visual AIDS' Day With(out) Art, the Frye Art Museum has partnered with Visual AIDS to present the film ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, a collaborative video project featuring short videos by six community organizations and collectives ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. These works highlight the impact of art in HIV/AIDS activism and advocacy.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS reflects the persisting urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing and intersecting political concerns, including HIV criminalization, Big Pharma, access to healthcare, and the disproportionate effects of HIV/AIDS on marginalized communities. At a moment of growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines.

A Q&A and panel discussion moderated by Negarra A. Kudumu, Manager of Public Programs, will follow the screening.

About the Panelists

Cana Caldwell is a full time student studying museology at the Tacoma campus of the Evergreen State College. She is an artist and writing tutor. She is an activist and HIV prevention advocate in the Tacoma Action Collective. Cana founded Black Women Speak which connected over 800 local Black women online while working to build safe spaces offline to gather. She identifies as a Black feminist who centers her advocacy around Black LGBTQ and women. Her focus is on racial trauma healing through sex positive education.

Louis Shackelford is a Community Engagement Officer at the Legacy Project in the office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC). In his role at Legacy, he manages a variety of projects focused on empowering communities disproportionally impacted by HIV and building the capacity for researchers to better serve these communities. Originally from New York City, Louis has extensive experience conducting community level HIV awareness initiatives from his work facilitating HIV prevention studies at the Harlem Prevention Center Clinical Research Site in NYC. With his background in community engagement, Louis has taken the lead in Legacy's Ballroom community engagement, faith community engagement, and engagement of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Louis also maintains a focus on the NIH-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks, spearheading projects which identify new areas of cross-network collaboration. Always seeking to be a resource to the communities that he serves, Louis remains committed to developing others and building alliances to combat the HIV epidemic and related health disparities in the United States.

Stephaun E. Wallace is a doctorally prepared research epidemiologist, thought leader, public speaker, consultant, guest lecturer in the Departments of Global Health and Epidemiology at University of Washington, and senior project manager at the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (Fred Hutch). Mr. Wallace has expertise in mixed method research design, methodology, and analysis with research interests that are situated at the intersection of public health and social justice, with a particular and intentional focus on the health and wellness of African Americans and LGBTQ persons. Wallace also has expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating major public health and human service programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS & STD prevention, care and treatment, in diverse populations in the United States. Mr. Wallace is a nationally recognized public health/social justice leader with more than 18 years of sexual/public health experience with and more than twenty years of grassroots social justice/advocacy experience. He has completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice, master’s degrees in management and organizational leadership, and is currently a PhD in epidemiology candidate.

Ticketing policy:

Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, and may be picked up at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, call 206 432 8289 or email at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour prior to the start of the program.