New York City’s AIDS Memorial Park Campaign Gains Momentum


The AIDS Memorial Park Coalition is dedicated to “the recognition and preservation of the ongoing history of the AIDS crisis through the creation of a memorial park to honor New York City’s 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, and to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists who responded heroically to the crisis,” and on December 14 announced the support of several influential leaders from entertainment, business, and politics.
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole, Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, and Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, have joined the jury for the coalition’s design competition. Also joining the jury are actress and author Julianne Moore; Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon; designer Jonathan Adler; Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador-at-Large, Barneys New York; John Cameron Mitchell, writer, actor, and director; and director Todd Stephens. Stephens will direct a video series of personal reflections on the AIDS crisis, featuring coalition board members and jurors.

“As a longtime supporter of those living with HIV/AIDS, I support the coalition’s efforts to create AIDS Memorial Park in New York City. It’s time for us to preserve this historically significant location with a living memorial that connects current and future generations. Also, as a downtown resident and as a mother, I believe the park will be an inspirational, educational, and green public oasis—something we all need more of in the city,” said Sarandon.

The AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition is accepting entries through midnight on January 21, 2012 via the Architizer website at here. Winners of the competition will be announced on February 1, 2012, with one winner receiving $5,000 and one runner-up receiving $2,000. The coalition aims for completion of the park by World AIDS Day on December 1, 2014.

To enter the competition or learn more, visit the website above. For more information about AIDS Memorial Park, visit The coalition is on Facebook at and on Twitter at


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