The Life Changer <ul><li>Using ART in struggle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa </li></ul>
Awareness through Music South African Artists for AIDS Awareness Concert 2010 The Africa Institute for HIV/AIDS Management, a non-profit organization linked to the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University where Prof. Jan B. Du Toit is Director, will kick off its second 2010 installment of the “South African Artists for Aids Awareness” concert. An event not to be missed during the world cup games in the Western Cape.
Music <ul><li>46664 is Nelson Mandela’s global HIV/AIDS awareness campaign named after his cell prison number. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s goal is to bring hope and inspiration to all those affected. It reaches out though multi-artist concerts and fundraisers. </li></ul><ul><li>The campaign uses the universal connecting power of music, sport, entertainment and celebrity to educate, engage and empower those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and draws upon an extensive global network of ambassadors and celebrities. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every year they put on a Mandela Day concert and World AIDS Day concert around the world to raise awareness and money. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Awareness and Education through Entertainment </li></ul>46664 Thunk: Cape Town Project <ul><li>Northwestern University’s premiere a cappella vocal group send s sixteen students to the townships in and around Cape Town for the purpose of hosting musical education workshops for underprivileged children. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to administering these arts education seminars, THUNK performs at various concert venues throughout the flats of South Africa to raise awareness and money for children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. </li></ul><ul><li>The Cape Town Project not only raises awareness and funds to help South Africans cope with the HIV/AIDS crisis, but also inspire South African children to discover their limitless potential and express themselves through art. </li></ul>
MUSIC <ul><li>The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. </li></ul><ul><li>They have long been associated with HIV/AIDS-awareness campaigns, helping where and when they can to support those affected and infected by this overwhelming pandemic. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2003 the choir founded its own aids orphans foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani. With the plight of South Africa’s sick and impoverished children at the top of their minds, the foundation supports families and organizations that receive little or no government support. Through touring worldwide the choir has raised international awareness of children orphaned by their parents dying of AIDS. </li></ul>
Performing ARTS <ul><li>Theatre’s ability to involve direct interaction; </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre’s participatory elements that encourage dialogue and thus a better understanding of factual information dissemination; </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre allows audiences the potential to be drawn into the message making process and offers the potential for behavior change. </li></ul>Theatre has inherent strengths as a medium for education. Generic advantages often listed include Anti-Retroviral Theatre (ART) The project is aimed at serving individuals and communities they represent in an attempt to probe and question critical personal and social issues surrounding HIV/Aids. It follows a process of questioning that leads participants to a sense of compassion and understanding of individuals and their roles in society. Drama For Life (DFL) The primary vision of Drama for Life (DFL) is to develop capacity in HIV and AIDS education. Wits University, DFL’s parent institution, has made a vocal and pragmatic stand in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The University currently sponsors a comprehensive HIV and AIDS education and counseling program, which incorporates an integrated approach based on reality therapy. Wits is actively working with Drama for Life to build appropriate HIV and AIDS interventions in higher education.
FILM HBO: The Lazarus Effect The Lazarus Effect is a documentary on the life-changing effects of anti-retroviral drugs. It records the remarkable effects on four HIV-positive people from Lusaka in Zambia to raise awareness that Aids is no longer an automatic death sentence and brings hope. Yesterday "Yesterday" is about a rural woman struggling with HIV/AIDS and gives rise to what one’s life is like and their struggles. The film, which is the first full-length film made in the Zulu language, is set in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where 25% of women are estimated to be HIV-positive. The movie follows the story of a young woman who finds out her migrant mineworker husband has given her HIV and comes to realize that their precocious young daughter will soon be an orphan.
ART against AIDS <ul><li>Organizations using the sale of ART for Aids relief: http://www.artforaids.org/gallery.php </li></ul>eKhaya eKasi Home in the ‘Hood In 2005, an artist involved with Art Aids Art notified our team that she intended to sell her house in Khayelitsha and wondered if we would be interested in purchasing the property. After years of working in borrowed spaces, this was a perfect opportunity to create a permanent home for Art Aids Art and a resource for the community. Partnerships with South African art collectives Art Aids Art supports Philani Printing & Weaving Projects , two income-generating programs for women in Khayelitsha. Philani runs a Nutrition Center/Child Care Program to which Art Aids Art has donated hundreds of books and teacher resources. Art Aids Art announces the founding of a Wired Women , collective of talented bead & wire artists from Lwandle. As part of our mission to support underrepresented artists, Art Aids Art sponsored this group of women filled with talent, skills and ambition, but lacking a name, studio or marketing outlet. Light from Africa Foundation , a non-profit organization (NPO) that aims to empower historically disadvantaged South Africans - and especially children affected by HIV/Aids - through the creation and sale of handcrafted African ceramic artworks . These fine artworks portray an intricate fusion of the traditional and the modern - of true African flavor and unique local flair.
ART <ul><li>Persona Doll Documentation Project </li></ul><ul><li>Persona Dolls with the Beaders of Khayelitsha </li></ul><ul><li>Art Aids Art has undertaken a long-term documentation project to record the stories of women living in the townships near Cape Town. In general, there are few, if any, photographs in township households, and very little in the way written family history. Documenting the lives of these women is important for the nation, and especially for offspring, many of whom will lose their mothers at an early age to AIDS. Art Aids Art’s Persona Doll Project in Khayelitsha was conducted with 50 artists from Monkeybiz Bead Project. Creation of persona dolls involves work with a variety of media to form a unique character, which in turn becomes the vehicle for telling a story. Dolls are ideal vehicles through which to communicate, depersonalizing memories and sensitive issues that might otherwise be difficult to discuss. The process is relevant for therapists, educators and human service professionals, with components including development of voice, identification with the “other,” and the exchange of narratives as a foundation for communication. </li></ul>Loving Africa, the online store of Art Aids Art, a nonprofit organization. Every purchase contributes to the sustainable income of a working artist, and additional profits fund projects for AIDS-impacted families in Cape Town.
ART EXHIBITIONS Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa Throughout the world art has long been used as a tool for cultural, social, and economic change. In South Africa many educators and activists used performing and visual arts in the successful anti-apartheid movement. Now arts are being used there to educate individuals about the realities of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This exhibition explores how traditional knowledge and skills are used to address contemporary issues in South Africa. It showcases the Siyazama (Zulu for "we are trying") Project, an arts education project based in KwaZulu Natal which uses traditional crafts to raise awareness about AIDS.