The UCLA Art & Global Health Center is a prominent international art-and-health think tank, which uses creativity to fight the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS and to push for behavior and policy change. The Artivists Room is a space for HIV-positive storytellers who have participated in the innovative international project, Through Positive Eyes, to liaise with other activist artists (Artivists) engaged in anti-AIDS work.
Through Positive Eyes is a photo-storytelling project in which people living with HIV or AIDS in ten major cities around the world tell about their lives through word and image, as a method for reducing the debilitating stigma associated with AIDS. The cities represented include Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Mumbai, Bangkok, Port au Prince, London, and Durban. Starting in 2016, Through Positive Eyes has been seen by tens of thousands of South Africans in Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town. The exhibition embarked on a U.S. tour starting in September 2019 at the UCLA Fowler Museum, aimed at reaching public school ninth graders in the LA Unified School District. In early 2021 the exhibition will be moving to the Gates Discovery Center in Seattle.