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.
Related press & links
New Yorker: NEW YORK’S NECESSARY NEW AIDS MEMORIAL
Architectural Record: NYC Dedicates New AIDS Memorial in Greenwich Village