A ‘quiet space for communal mourning and personal contemplation,’ Ribbon of Light the last piece of Capitol Hill’s AIDS Memorial Pathway

The final installation of art to complete the AIDS Memorial Pathway between Cal Anderson Park and Capitol Hill Station will be marked with a ceremony Thursday night.

Organizers are inviting the community to gather with artist Horatio Hung-Yan Law as the fences come down and the Ribbon of Light sculpture is fully unveiled with remarks from the artist, Gay City, and the Office of Arts and Culture. The event will take place Thursday from 8 to 9 PM on the north end of Cal Anderson.

CHS reported here on the Ribbon work as a “quiet space for communal mourning and personal contemplation” as  part of the AIDS Memorial Pathway connecting the park to The AMP Plaza and Capitol Hill Station. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Some celebrated Juneteenth in the Central District with a roller party — Get ready for Pride skate dancing this weekend on Capitol Hill

As Seattle observes the holiday for the first time with a quiet Monday at City Hall, there was a wealth of Juneteenth celebrations across the city and the Central District Sunday including a day of roller skate dancing in Judkins Park.

The Juneteenth Celebration: Skate Party & Community Day was hosted by the Northwest African American Museum and included complimentary skate rentals for people to join the fun.

You’ll want to keep those wheels rolling. Pride on Capitol Hill will feature a roller party at the smooth and well paved AIDS Memorial Pathway Plaza on Saturday: Continue reading

‘Pieces of the sky that have fallen to the ground,’ Ribbon of Light joins AIDS Memorial Pathway connecting Cal Anderson to Capitol Hill Station

(Image: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture)

The first installation of an artist’s new “quiet space for communal mourning and personal contemplation” is lighting the northeast corner of Cal Anderson Park.

The first of three stations in Horatio Hung-Yan Law’s sculptural Ribbon of Light installation in the park debuted early this month as Capitol Hill nonprofit Gay City hosted a World AIDS Day commemoration marking 40 years since the first cases of the virus were identified.

The new work is part of the AIDS Memorial Pathway connecting the park to The AMP Plaza and Capitol Hill Station. Continue reading

Marking the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases, Capitol Hill’s AMP Plaza will host World AIDS Day commemoration

The plaza’s andimgonnamisseverybody is a giant X made from speakers, a 20 foot by 20 foot structure, designed by artist Christopher Paul Jordan to represent X as a positive symbol turned on its axis to erode the perceived binary between HIV positive and HIV negative people and symbolizing a solidarity between the two.

As it prepares to move into a new home and leads the way in putting Capitol Hill’s newest community gathering space in motion, Gay City is planning to mark the 40th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic with a World AIDS Day commemoration Wednesday in the new AMP Plaza above Capitol Hill Station.

The December 1st will feature artists and storytellers impacted by the AIDS epidemic and a candlelight vigil led by The Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan:

World AIDS Day at The AMP Plaza
Wednesday, December 1st 4 PM
920 E Barbara Bailey Way
Join us in person or virtually to commemorate World AIDS Day on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. This year, we mark the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases of the AIDS epidemic. In remembrance, Gay City will partner with The AMP and community organizers to host a World AIDS Day commemoration. We will remember those impacted by AIDS and the importance of investing in research and prevention efforts.

CHS reported here on Gay City’s 26 years of service and plans for a new Capitol Hill headquarters on E Pine. Gay City has also stepped forward to help steward the new AIDS Memorial Pathway stretching across Capitol Hill Station’s plaza and Cal Anderson Park. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pride: A day of sweat and tears at AIDS Memorial Pathway dedication — Plus, plans for in-person Labor Day Pride

A day of remembrance and love, sweat, and tears marked Pride weekend on Capitol Hill Saturday and the dedication of the AIDS Memorial Pathway connecting the new plaza above the neighborhood’s light rail station to Cal Anderson Park, named for the first openly gay member of the Washington Legislature who died of AIDS in 1995.

“After six years of planning, artist selection and development, it’s finally time to share these beautiful artworks with the community,” Jason Plourde, project manager for the memorial, said. “The artworks and the themes of The AMP will bring important and meaningful connections to this special public park.”

Meanwhile, with the city emerging from the last days of months of COVID-19 restrictions, news spread Saturday of an in-person Labor Day Pride coming to Capitol Hill later this year. Pride 2021 might as well have also been rescheduled due to heat — Seattle hit 102 F just before 4 PM Saturday afternoon and is forecasted to reach new highs on Sunday and again on Monday.

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An updated* Pride 2021 on Capitol Hill: AIDS Memorial Pathway dedication, ‘silent’ DJ dance party in Cal Anderson, Pride vax pop-ups

You’ll have a few chances to gather to celebrate Pride on Capitol Hill this weekend despite a heat wave and a wave of disappointment for one event’s organizers. Here is an updated look at Pride weekend events around Capitol Hill and the Central District as the city’s largest in-person celebrations have been rescheduled for later in the year.

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  • AIDS Memorial Pathway Dedication: Capitol Hill’s Pride weekend centerpiece will take place in the Capitol Hill Station Plaza with an event celebrating the dedication of the new memorial pathway connecting the gathering space to Cal Anderson Park. From noon to 3 PM Saturday, organizers say “the community is invited to visit the new pathway to sign a large red ribbon memorializing a loved one, share a message, or sign their name to be a part of this special day in Seattle history.” The ribbon will be part of a new AIDS Memorial Quilt. Artists and The AMP team will be available to answer questions and share more information on the new $2.9 million pathway of art “celebrating the lives of loved ones who have passed on throughout the AIDS crisis.”
    Saturday, June 26
    Noon – 3pm
    On the plaza at the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station
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‘FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES’ — Latest addition to Capitol Hill’s AIDS Memorial Pathway adds messages of action on way to June opening

After a year mostly lost to the COVID-19 crisis, Capitol Hill Station’s AIDS memorial project connecting the transit hub’s mixed-use development and plaza to Cal Anderson is taking shape and on track for a June 2021 completion. This week, an important component of the AIDS Memorial Pathway was installed, adding new messages to the area from time of the height of the AIDS crisis that the project’s organizers and contributing creators say are relevant and important for today’s Capitol Hill.

“We not only wanted to do messaging that was relevant, that was authentic,” Gabriel Stromberg of the Civilization firm tells CHS about the We’re Already Here installation added to the pathway this week. “But we also wanted to find messaging that represents different experiences in the AIDS crisis.”

Stromberg and Corey Gutch say the Civilization creation of bright signs now on display at the Broadway development and plaza is based research and community review of messages from “collective action” — protests, demonstrations, rallies, and campaigns — from the activism around the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Jason Plourde, manager of the AIDS Memorial Pathway Project, says that realness, relevancy, and diversity of experience is a key component of the pathway. Continue reading

Seattle World AIDS Day virtual event will include dedication of first AIDS Memorial Pathway artwork

In This Way We Loved One Another by artist and poet Storme Webber (Image: The AMP)

A virtual event to mark Tuesday’s World AIDS Day will include the dedication of the first artwork completed for Capitol Hill’s AIDS Memorial Pathway, a project planned to link the Capitol Hill Station transit facility, housing, and new grocery store and commercial projects to Cal Anderson Park.

Stories of the Past, Stories of the Present: Honoring World AIDS Day takes place starting at 5 PM Tuesday with an online program “to reflect on the impact of HIV/AIDS” that will include the dedication of the AMP photography project In This Way We Loved One Another by artist and poet Storme Webber that hangs at the Cathy Hillenbrand Community Room inside the affordable Station House Building that is part of the station’s mixed-use developments. Continue reading

Explaining the ‘X’ in Capitol Hill’s AIDS Memorial Pathway

The artists and community collaborators behind Capitol Hill’s forthcoming AIDS Memorial Pathway have a different approach to building a memorial. For starters, the AMP, working with the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, is steering clear of a monolithic or singular representation of Seattle’s early AIDS crisis. To that end, adding more contributors to the public art installation ensures more experiences are represented. That vision was reflected last week when the AMP announced Christopher Paul Jordan, Horatio Hung-Yan Law, graphic design studio Civilization, and Storme Webber as the artists selected to contribute four permanent art installations on the plaza above Capitol Hill Station and in Cal Anderson Park.

“I think the AMP is a very unique way to remember and memorialize HIV and AIDS and its history here in Seattle,” AMP project manager Jason Plourde said. “I have been really excited by the fact that it’s not just a singular thing that’s representing a history or commemorating what happened. There are four different artists doing four unique, connected pieces. I think it makes it more interesting and will make it more impactful.”

The as-yet-unnamed centerpiece is a giant X made from speakers, a 20 foot by 20 foot structure, designed by Jordan. He points out the X is a +, or positive symbol, turned on its axis to erode the perceived binary between HIV positive and HIV negative people and symbolizing a solidarity between the two. Jordan said that “the general attitude that a lot of folks have is, ‘Well it doesn’t really affect me, I’m negative.’ There’s a respectability culture around HIV negative status that sees itself as separate from the crisis, as some people have access to healthcare and support they need.” Continue reading

Council committee OKs ordinance for AIDS Memorial Pathway art that will rise at center of Capitol Hill Station plaza

A Seattle City Council committee Thursday approved a key ordinance and got a look at the artwork being planned for the AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway project destined to be the centerpiece of the Capitol Hill Station plaza and connect the development to nearby Cal Anderson Park.

During the session, the council approved the use of “non city funds” and the donation of three major art components of the project funded by the AMP foundation set up to support the project. A requirement that the council and the Office of Arts and Culture work out a specific plan to pay for maintenance of the Memorial Pathway art once it comes under city control was also added to Thursday’s approval. The ordinance will now move on to the full council for a final vote in March.

The donations from AMP approved Thursday cover some $750,000 in art: Continue reading