Archive for December, 2011
Coats and Toys for Kids Day
This Maine holiday drive collects more than 12,000 new and gently used winter coats and unwrapped toys for children in need. Even if you don’t live in Maine, today is a great opportunity to donate to your local children’s charity.
photo credit: via flickr
Special Education Day
On this day in 1975, Congress passed the Special Education Law in America. The anniversary is an opportunity for special education teachers, parents and activists to reflect on the great strides that have been made since the mid1970s and to strategize for ways to continue to progress the state of special education in the U.S.
World AIDS Day / Day Without Art
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. It’s up to you, me and us to stop the spread of HIV and end prejudice.
Day Without Art (DWA) began on December 1st 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS.
Every year since artists and art institutions throughout the world have taken part in the observances, many closing or covering their artwork with black cloths for the day. While others hold special observances and performances in remembrance for those artists lost to the disease.