AIDS in The Arts; Synthesis and conclusions

I knew nothing about the NAMES project and HIV/AIDS quilt when starting this. This was an interesting project overall. Each of my panels I selected was full of things that I did not mind knowing more about. Hopefully with my project I can help to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS disease. I hope to reach to the ones who are unbeknownst or who really just do not think into the disease because it is not affecting them.

In conclusion, I have learned a lot of new information regarding the NAMES project and the way lives were affected by the disease. The NAMES project and the quilt itself that memorializes those who have lost their lives due to Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). The lives of the individuals and their family and friends were of course greatly affected. The city of New York seemed to not really show any attention to the cause but as time progressed a memorial was established there. With that memorial, awareness was raised. Someone with power acknowledging that there needs to be more research for a cure can really help to decrease its terrible impact on the world. Many lives can be saved.

Also, finding out you have contracted such a virus that is extremely detrimental to a persons health and lives can be very depressing. There are many things that can be done as a way to learn to cope with such a fact. Doing something you love and have a passion for can be effective. Each panel I chose was of an individual who had a passion for the arts. There are actually studies that prove that Music can be used as a therapeutic method to help with depression. Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program ( American Music Therapy Association). Music therapy interventions can be designed to Promote Wellness, Manage Stress, Alleviate Pain, Express Feelings, Enhance Memory, Improve Communication, Promote Physical Rehabilitation. With there being a lot of individuals who were and are victims of this disease who love music this can be extremely helpful.