Liza Minnelli
(© Rick Day)
Liza Minnelli
(© Rick Day)
Liza Minnelli, Stockard Channing, Tyson Beckford, Kenneth Cole, and the Broadway Inspirational Voices choir will lead an event on Wednesday, December 1 at 5:30pm when the lights on the historic Washington Square Park Memorial Arch will be extinguished to remember those lost to AIDS. The event, part of World AIDS Day, will be free and open to the public.

During the proceedings, the lights on the Washington Square Park Memorial Arch will be turned off and then re-illuminated as the speakers discuss the importance of emphasizing human rights when confronting the AIDS pandemic.

Concurrently, the marquee lights on many other New York City landmarks will also be extinguished, including the Brooklyn Bridge; the New York Stock Exchange; the Plaza Hotel; Madison Square Garden; Carnegie Hall; Museum of Modern Art; the Beacon Theatre; Jim Campbell's Madison Square Park's art installation Scattered Light; Radio City Music Hall; the Apollo Theater; and 35 Broadway theaters.

The event is part of the Light for Rights campaign, a global initiative organized by UNAIDS; amfAR; Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; and the World AIDS Campaign. The campaign, in its second year, showcases the importance of fundamental human rights in the worldwide fight against AIDS.