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Marking World AIDS Day 2011

November 30, 2011

World AIDS Day 2011 poster design by  www.CraigArtDesign.wordpress.com.

World AIDS Day 2011 marks the 30th year of the fight against HIV/AIDS, the tragic pandemic that continues to affect the lives of millions of people around the world. To commemorate those we’ve lost and to support the many living and coping with the disease, The Actors Fund HIV/AIDS Initiative commissioned this special poster by graphic designer Craig Russell. A client of the Initiative who generously volunteered his services, the empty chair encourages us to take a moment to remember the many people in the entertainment community we’ve lost to AIDS, from performers to patrons.

Throughout his graphic design career, Craig has worked with a numerous organizations, spending the bulk of his time with Channel 13/WNET Television. He has served on the National Board of Directors of The Graphic Artists Guild, done projects with Mary Corliss at MOMA’s Film Stills Archive, and did a series of five large pastel promo portraits of Katharine Hepburn for the Quad Cinema’s renovation, about which Hepburn wrote in a letter that he made her look “G** damned whiiZZingly fascinating!”

Additionally, the staff of The Actors Fund’s HIV/AIDS Initiative took some time out for this special World AIDS Day 2011 video message, embedded below.

The Actors Fund HIV/AIDS Initiative works with men and women in the entertainment industry to create confidential, holistic plans and support systems that will meet each person’s emotional, medical and financial needs over the long term. Our experienced Social Workers provide case management, advocacy, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, financial assistance, financial management skills development, and referrals to community resources. For more information, visit www.actorsfund.org.

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