In May of 2019, the HIV/AIDS world lost its most promising poet, advocate, author, singer and young person living with AIDS, Mary Bowman. Mary was 30 years old. Born with HIV, she lived out her experiences of growing up and living with HIV (and losing a mother to AIDS) through her art. As a young, out woman of color, she was a dynamic, vital voice for the next generation of individuals living with HIV—proud, willing to speak of her own challenges with not just her own health needs (mental health, social support) —but also a fierce advocate for other young people with HIV for whom a voice was lacking. For Mary, the arts gave her the platform and voice to channel her creative energy, her passion, her truth.
- Offered by the National AIDS Memorial and ViiV Healthcare
- $5,000 awards available to young artivists (27 years of age or younger) annually
- Award recipients exemplify Mary Bowman's passion for using the arts to advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and address health and social inequities
- Artivists utilize their creative expressions to raise awareness about bigotry, stigma, and social justice related to HIV/AIDS and health disparities
- Open to both student and non-student art activists
- Applicants must be 27 years of age or younger
- Artivists should demonstrate a commitment to using the arts as a means of advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness and addressing health and social injustices
- Prepare your application, emphasizing your dedication to using art as a tool for HIV/AIDS awareness and addressing social justice issues.
- Submit your application by the specified deadline.
We encourage young artivists who are passionate about using their creative talents to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and address health and social inequities to apply for the Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award.