Ribbon Rouge to Raise HIV Awareness with Arts 4 Action Benefit
Arts 4 Action aims to help reduce stigma associated with the virusEdmonton, November 2, 2016 – The Ribbon Rouge Foundation introduces its first annual Arts 4 Action (A4A) Benefit on November 24, 2016, at Latitude 53 (10242 106 ST NW) to raise awareness about HIV, women’s health and stigma associated with HIV in the community through the Performing Arts. “While HIV and AIDS were widely discussed in the 80s and 90s, stigma continues to plague the community some 30 years later,” says Moréniké Ọláòṣebìkan, President, Ribbon Rouge Foundation. “As such, we are raising awareness of the virus again through the Trojan horse of ‘the Arts,’ to help start the difficult discussions that desperately need to continue.” Twenty-one percent of Canadians living with HIV are unaware of their infection; 55 percent** of Canadians feel that people with HIV may experience difficulty with basic activities, such as finding housing, healthcare or employment because of the stigma. The aim of the A4A Benefit is to connect and educate Edmontonians about HIV through the Arts. Proceeds from Arts 4 Action will be donated to support women living with HIV and HIV prevention work through HIV Edmonton. A4A also helps tackle the most pressing human rights issues facing Canadians today - the high rate of sexual violence against women. Through the fusion of art, fashion, music and poetry, Ribbon Rouge promotes and supports emerging, and local, talents to create positive change. A4A will showcase the talents of singer/songwriter Jayne Doe, singer/guitarist Sebastian Barrera, poet Marlo Cottrell, Salsaddiction Dance Company dancers, and fashion show with Mode Models International, featuring designs by local fashion designers. Guests will then dance the night away with DJ Clavecito from CJSR. The emcee for A4A will be Portia Clark, host of CBC RadioActive. The A4A Benefit will take place Thursday, November 24, 2016, starting at 5:30, at Latitude 53 (10242 106 ST NW) in Edmonton. Tickets can be purchased at www.ribbonrouge.com/arts-4-action-benefit, and start at $75 for General Admission; tickets to participate in Paint Night with local artist Jenn Kovachik, and VIP access are also available. VIP tickets include premium fashion show seating, complimentary drink and exclusive promotional items, along with free access to VIP Night on November 4 at Shoppers Drug Mart (Brewery District) for a night of pampering. More details regarding Arts 4 Action and the Ribbon Rouge Foundation can be found at www.ribbonrouge.com. The Ribbon Rouge Foundation (www.RibbonRouge.com) is an organization that raises funds to get to zero HIV, locally and internationally, by supporting local, emerging talents in arts, fashion and music. Wielding the intrinsic power of the Arts to change perceptions, stir social conscience, educate and create positive change, Ribbon Rouge seeks to destigmatize and educate the various intersecting social justice issues which currently contribute to the spread of HIV. Now in its tenth year, Ribbon Rouge has served as a platform for more than 240 artists and raised almost $46,000 for HIV relief. Donations have been made to HIV Edmonton, The Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Joint United Nations AIDS program.
According to HIV Edmonton. http://www.hivedmonton.com/
** According to 2012 HIV/AIDS attitudinal tracking survey. Final report. October 2012. Available from: http://www.catie.ca/sites/default/files/2012-HIV-AIDS-attitudinal-tracking-survey-final-report.pdf