Creating Awareness Through Art (CATA)

Member, National Working Group
2011 - 2013

The CATA initiative is part of the Legacy Project, a program of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC), funded by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

From the Legacy site:
[CATA], in its formative research phase, is founded on the belief that the arts is a viable vehicle for raising awareness about HIV-related clinical trials, disseminating information about scientific research, connecting individuals to resources and service organizations, and building trust and dialogue around clinical trial participation in underrepresented yet disproportionately affected communities. CATA hopes to use a community-based participatory approach to partner community members in areas highly impacted by HIV with artists, cultural workers, clinical research site staff and artistic venues to provide a creative space that initiates community dialogue around the impact of HIV, how community members are critical leaders in the fight against ending the epidemic, and ways to partner with researchers to raise scientific literacy about ongoing HIV clinical trials and scientific breakthroughs in the field.