Day Without Art - December 1
Fri, Dec 1, 2023

Day Without Art

Without Art Day is celebrated on December 1st all over the world. This date is no coincidence as it coincides with World AIDS Day. Creative associations, exhibitions, and art institutions are dedicating this day to supporting those affected by the disease. If you would like to join in, read on to find out more.


The holiday was first celebrated in 1989, a brainchild of the art organization Visual AIDS. The response was overwhelming as people gathered to talk about current issues, honor those involved in the movement, and support institutions involved in drug discovery and patient care. Before Visual AIDS, many Americans were unaware of the disease or only had access to misinformation. Although it has been more than 30 years, there are still those who are unaware of the issues or believe in myths. Thankfully, Without Art Day is still celebrated, bringing attention to the cause.

Interesting facts

  • The first confirmed case of infection was recorded in 1959 from a tissue sample taken from a person in the Congo.
  • The virus is very sneaky as it hides in sugar carbohydrate molecules, making the body believe it is a nutrient.
  • No one is safe from the virus, but two different adaptations have been found.
  • Every day, around 1000 women are infected, mainly in Africa.
  • Through joint efforts, the cost of treatment is gradually becoming more affordable.

How to take part

Find out what events are taking place in your city and take part in them! You can create a poster to show your support and post it on social media. It’s not just about today – you can show your support for those affected by the virus any day of the year!

When is Day Without Art celebrated in 2023?

Day Without Art is observed on December 1 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday December 1 2023
Sunday December 1 2024
Monday December 1 2025
Tuesday December 1 2026