Palm Springs AIDS Memorial Sculpture
Having lived with HIV-AIDS for over thirty years this is a project near and dear to his heart which has been devastating in so many areas of his life. Arturo wants thank all who donate to this Memorial Sculpture because it means so much to so many.
He was also on the winning design team for the international Key West AIDS Memorial competition. The memorial was completed in 1997. In 2012, at World AIDS Day/Day without Art, Dan, then the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Council chair, proposed, during his presentation “Memory and Memorials, that Palm Springs create its own AIDS memorial. And thus, the task force was born.
Dan, and his husband Joaquin Galeano, PsyD., have lived in Palm Springs full time since 2008. Dan is also vice president of the Palm Springs Unified School District Foundation Board, president of the American Institute of Architects, California Desert Chapter (AIACDC) and is a founder and performer with Modern Men: Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus.
Married for 40 years to his wife Kathleen, he is the proud father of daughter Aneka Brown, two grandsons, and one great granddaughter.
Over the past 4 decades, the lives lost to AIDS have been a dark cloud surrounding Mike’s life and those of so many others. Mike has chosen to face this reality by committing his efforts to ensure the names of loved ones lost are remembered and their stories are told into the future.
Every community impacted by this loss can create a Memorial to ensure we honor all our friends and family.
Mike is proud to be a member of the Palm Springs AIDS Memorial Sculpture Task Force to establish a place to convene, to remember, to grieve, and to heal; as we also ensure the lessons learned from one pandemic can be shared with others in times of loss, fear and injustice.
Having moved to Palm Springs in 2019 with husband Mark, Stuart wanted to ensure that people have a place to go reflect on the lives lost to and/or impacted by HIV/AIDS. Most people living here - and certainly all who are visitors - come from other towns and have stories of living alongside AIDS either personally or via family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. The AIDS Memorial Sculpture in the Downtown Park will give residents and visitors alike a place to gather and share our stories, so they are not forgotten.