Keith Haring, born on 4th May 1958 was a pop artist and social activist whose drawings reflected the New York Street culture. He was HIV positive, one of the leading advocates of safe sex, openly gay, and started the Keith Haring foundation one of the earliest AIDS awareness foundations. Today Google Doodle celebrated his birthday with a drawing that epitomised his work. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 and died in 1990. Keith Haring’s art has long been used to increase AIDS awareness. In 2009, one of his art pieces was used on condoms to commemorate World AIDS Day.
The mission of the Keith Haring Foundation is to sustain, expand, and protect the legacy of Keith Haring, his art, and his ideals. The Foundation supports not-for-profit organizations that assist children, as well as organizations involved in
The Keith Haring Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit groups that engage in charitable and educational activities. In accordance with Keith’s wishes, the Foundation concentrates its giving in two areas: The support of organizations which provide educational opportunities to underprivileged children and the support of organizations which engage in education, prevention and care with respect to AIDS and HIV infection.
Keith Haring additionally charged the Foundation with maintaining and protecting his artistic legacy after his death. The Foundation maintains a collection of art along with archives that facilitate historical research about the artist and the times and places in which he lived and worked. The Foundation supports arts and educational institutions by funding exhibitions, educational programs, acquisitions and publications that serve to contextualize and illuminate the artist’s work and philosophy.
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