BY BTL STAFF
A community art share project sponsored by Wellness Services will premier its “Peace by Piece” exhibit at the Greater Flint Arts Council on Dec. 2 at 816 Saginaw Street in Flint. Guests are invited to come out to this free event from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This event, entitled “Peace by Piece,” will feature ceramic tiles painted by the people of Flint, archived materials detailing the history of Wellness Services, food, music, and a speaker that will give more insight into HIV/AIDS and how those affected by these conditions live their lives.
Since 1986, Wellness Services, a non-profit organization based in downtown Flint, has strived to provide care for those living with HIV, prevent the spread of HIV and STIs, and provide safe and celebratory spaces for members of the LGBTQ+ community and those who have been historically marginalized. Often the crux of the work manifests itself in the form of a public event or forum, in which the voices of those who navigate obstacles of oppression and discrimination in their daily lives are amplified and the community comes closer to a point of greater understanding and awareness.
Additionally, Wellness Services will provide trained counselors to conduct free HIV tests. The results are provided on-site within minutes. Free condoms will also be available.
Wellness Services strives to normalize HIV testing as part of everyday life while educating communities about the latest news regarding sexually transmitted infections. With early diagnosis and treatment, someone with HIV can live a healthy average life span.