Palm Springs AIDS Memorial Sculpture
She was previously a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by President Clinton, and was the founding c hair of the national Arts Action Fund PAC of Americans for the Arts, on which she continues to serve.
Having lived with HIV/AIDS for over 30 years, this is a project near and dear to his heart as the disease has devastated 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, grandfather of two grandsons and great-grandfather to one great
Over the past four 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.
Mike believes that 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 whose goal is 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 with his husband Mark in 2019, Stuart wanted to ensure that people had a place to go to reflect on the live lost 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 someone with AIDS either personally or via family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers. The AIDS Memorial Sculpture in the Downtown Park will give residents and visitors alike a place to gather and share stories, so no one is forgotten.