NYC AIDS Memorial

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About the project

In 2010, one of our friends, Chris Tepper, mentioned that there wasn’t a proper AIDS memorial in New York City. So he decided to do something about it. Chris joined forces with his friend, Paul Kelterborn, to launch a grassroots campaign to have a permanent AIDS memorial built in NYC.

After six years of coalition building, community outreach, an international design competition and successful fundraising, Chris and Paul dedicated the Memorial on December 1, 2016. We recently launched a revamped 2.0 site for the dedication.

It’s been thoroughly inspiring to see the full evolution of this Memorial from just an idea to actual commemoration space in the Village. This project is a wonderful reminder that our public spaces can be powerful and meaningful if citizens are engaged and demand more than just generic open space.

NYC AIDS memorial - tablet

Related press & links

NBC News: New York City AIDS Memorial Honors ‘Community of Heroes’

NYC Pix 11: City unveils New York AIDS Memorial for World AIDS Day

Gothamist: Photos: A First Look At The NYC AIDS Memorial

CBS New York: City Officials Dedicate AIDS Memorial Park In Greenwich Village On World AIDS Day

NY Daily News: City unveils AIDS memorial in the West Village at World AIDS Day ceremony

NY1: Manhattan AIDS Memorial Recalls Impact of City’s Epidemic

WNYC: New York City Remembers the AIDS Epidemic

Time: It’s World AIDS Day and There’s a New AIDS Memorial in New York City


Architectural Record: NYC Dedicates New AIDS Memorial in Greenwich Village

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