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Mission Statement

The arcHIVe project exists to collect and share the stories of those living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS in an effort to help break down stereotypes, provide a sense of community, act as an educational tool for those who are curious about or who are struggling with an understanding of these diseases and their realities, and create and support arts projects that bring to life a greater understanding of the impact that HIV and AIDS has on our world and raises funds for local AIDS service organizations.

Who we are

The "arcHIVe project" is an organization which utilizes four key principles to achieve our mission: Art, Community, Education and Fundraising.

The mission of the arcHIVe is to raise awareness of and promote a sense of community among those that are living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS. In order to help educate the greater community and breakdown the stereotypes that exist for people living with HIV and AIDS, the individual stories of those affected by these diseases will be recorded, archived and shared. It is our hope that these stories will offer insight and instill a sense of community, provide an educational tool for those struggling with an understanding of these diseases and their realities, and to support projects that bring to life a greater understanding of the impact that HIV and AIDS has on our world. The arcHIVe will be open to lending items from our library, and supporting in any way possible, fundraising efforts for organizations that provide services to those who are living with HIV and AIDS.

Interested in sharing your story with the arcHIVe project? Feel free to email us at!

Meet our Board of Directors:

Rodney Rodriguez, President and Founder

Rodney is a nonprofit veteran with over 20 years of experience and has been connected to the HIV community almost as long. With a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Colorado State University, he has utilized his talents to bring attention to important social topics including HIV/AIDS awareness, LGBT rights, domestic abuse and violence. As a published author and playwright, social awareness has always been a central theme to his writings. The arcHIVe project is his evolving idea, conceptualized more than a decade ago, as a vehicle to address two major needs among AIDS Service Organizations: education and fundraising.

Gabriel Garcia, Treasurer

Gabe, a San Diego native, has spent more than a decade working for non-profit arts organizations. He graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Art, Media and Culture and a minor in Nonprofit Management. Most recently, Gabe spent five and a half years at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA. As Membership Manager, he was responsible for individual giving, database management and also was I.T. Manager.

Kathleen Fritz, Secretary

An avid artist and idealist, Kathy has dedicated her life to the arts. Working in the graphic arts field for nearly two decades, Kathy has also showcased her own personal art work in gallery showings and has donated her time and talents to several nonprofits. Her work in philanthropy and in the arts community makes her a valuable addition to The arcHIVe project.

Louis Canterbury II, Board Member

Louis has been active in the HIV/AIDS community for over 20 years. As a licensed social worker, he has worked with HIV-positive Veterans at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and was a valued asset in the Special Infectious Disease Clinic for 8 years before moving into administration and working to make the lives of our veterans better on a system-wide scale. He holds a BA in psychology from the University of San Diego and a MSW from San Diego State University.

Ildifonso Carrillo, Board Member

Ildi has been an educator for more than 15 years. With a passion for education and the arts, he has reached out and developed strong relationships with the Latino and Latino/a art community. An active participant at the Sherman Heights Community Center and a strong advocate for HIV and the arts, Ildi is excited to bring his unique talents to The arcHIVe project!

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