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Art for a Cause
General Idea: AIDS (1987): Silkscreen wallpaper, various dimensions and AIDS (1988), acrylic on canvas. Installation view. Gift of Robert and Lynn Simpson, 1997. Photo: Carlo Catenazzi. Images courtesy the Estate of General Idea and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
We admit it: we have art on the brain these days. With our most elegant evening of advocacy, the Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala, just over a month away (46 days and 8 hours actually, but who's counting?), the Asheville WNCAP office has become something of a miniature museum. Between the vibrant and uniquely western North Carolinian local artworks and the immaculately maintained antiques coming in from across Appalachia, it's truly a season of beautiful chaos!
Art and AIDS activism have always gone hand-in-hand, even back to the earliest days of the epidemic. When AIDS first cropped up in the United States, bohemian LGBT communities like the Village in Manhattan and San Francisco were among the hardest hit. Close-knit and fiercely political cells were activated to act on behalf of their friends and families. Formal and informal art collectives like Gran Fury, DIVA TV, Proyecto ContraSIDA por Vida, and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed in Washington, D.C.(the group behind the AIDS Memorial Quilt) were already veteran queer activists who had seen the trials and successes of the LGBT Liberation movement; but with a new, unspoken virus decimating writers, poets, actors, and artists and threatening to erase critical cultural meccas, it felt only right to fight AIDS with art. And in a political climate that threatens the erasure of HIV+, LGBTQ, women, immigrants, and people of color's hard-earned victories and cultures, activating through art is just as critical and just as timely. Amongst whispers that out of struggle comes great art, we know only one thing for certain: art can be a labor of love, pain, struggle, celebration, and sometimes a combination of these things. As WNCAP advocates for the rights and health of our clients and our increasingly diverse community members, we cherish and hope to highlight art made by, and for, people living with HIV/AIDS.
ACT UP brings art to the picket line
WNCAP is proud to pick up the legacy of lost but never forgotten artists with the 29th annual Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala. 100% of the proceeds from this evening benefit our prevention, education, and client services in 18 counties of western North Carolina. When you bid on your next favorite centerpiece, you will be continuing a tradition of exposing critical artists, fundraising with your neighbors and friends, and celebrating every shade of our colorful differences within the HIV/AIDS community.
"Red is Feeling Brave" by Linda Gritta
WNCAP's 2017 Signature Piece winner, Red is Feeling Brave by Linda Gritta
Art for a Cause
How can you get involved?
Art & AIDS 101: A Woke Reading List
WNCAP Is Now Hiring
A Big Thank You to This Year's Raise Your Hand Sponsors
Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala
How can you get involved?
Become a volunteer at the Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala
It takes a village to put on an event this size: thankfully, we have an amazing village. There are myriad ways to get involved in this year's Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala:
We need energetic, dependable volunteers to serve as greeters, silent auction hosts, live auction display, art wrappers, and more! As a volunteer, you will enjoy a complimentary dinner and an evening of fundraising for an important cause. To learn more and sign up, contact Chris at (828) 252-7489 ext 315. 
Donate your art.
What makes a successful auction? Well, auction items, of course! We are specifically looking for:
  • Pieces of fine art
  • Antiques
  • Vacation homes
  • Fine wine or brandy
  • Gift certificates to local businesses (i.e.: spas, athletic centers, day trips, etc.)
If you would like to donate, or learn which items are the best fit for the auction, email Joy at This year's gallery is live; please consult our current listings for a general idea of our successful donations.
Buy your ticket today.
Last but not least, ticket sales are open and now is the best time to save your seat! Click below to buy your tickets.
What We're Reading
Art & AIDS 101: A Woke Reading List
"How Six NYC Activists Changed History with 'Silence=Death'" on the Village Voice
"Bad Times Make Great Art: The AIDS Crisis and the New Queer Cinema" on Salon
"AIDS, Art and Activism: Remembering Gran Fury" on Hyperallergic
"Queer Life in the '70s and '80s: Art, Activism, & AIDS" on the Advocate
Join the Team!
WNCAP Is Now Hiring
Join our team!
Calling all HIV/AIDS advocates in western North Carolina: WNCAP is looking for candidates like you to join our expanding team!
We are now accepting applications for the following:
Digital Media Specialist
Prevention Specialist
Special Events Coordinator
To learn more about open positions in our Prevention and Development departments, please visit our job listings page.
A Message to Our Sponsors
A Big Thank You to This Year's Raise Your Hand Sponsors
We are grateful for the incredible outpouring of support from our sponsors, both financial and in-kind.  Please help us thank our sponsors by supporting their businesses. Tickets on sale now for the Gala, September 23, Asheville Event Centre,
Co-Presenting Sponsors
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