The Power of 10 years and 10,000 Young People

Ten years ago, Art for AIDS International set out to stop the spread of HIV by inspiring young people, through art, to play an active and engaged role in the global AIDS response.

Thanks to support from these young people, their communities, and a growing network of partners, we’ve had the opportunity to host workshops with over 10,000 young people, at over 300 schools from across Canada, and throughout Africa and Europe. The outcome of this incredible community effort is a powerful collection of art, produced by young people, that has raised international awareness about AIDS, and over 1 million dollars to support community organizations in Africa working with women and children affected by HIV and AIDS.

On the 10th Anniversary of Art for AIDS, we want to celebrate the tremendous impact that a community-driven initiative has had on the lives of young people in classrooms around the world, and on the lives of young people across Africa, who have benefitted directly.

Power of 10 Portfolio

To thank everyone who has made this possible, we are re-releasing the 20 prints that started it all (10 from each of our first two portfolios). This “Power of 10” portfolio will be sold at a number of exciting events that will run throughout the remainder of 2011 and into 2012. Further, to make sure that as many people as possible can enjoy this work, prints will be available for only $10 each with proceeds supporting Art for AIDS International and the work of our partner organizations in Africa.

How you can get involved

There are a number of ways you can support Art for AIDS International through the Power of 10 campaign:

  • Become a volunteer at Art for AIDS International;
  • Host an event in your home, school, or community;
  • Sponsor the campaign directly;
  • Purchase Power of 10 prints.

If you would like to support Art for AIDS International and the Power of 10 campaign in any of these ways, please contact us.

You can also check back on our website as we post exciting news, events, and updates over the coming weeks.

Thank you

While Art for AIDS began as a small – one person – secondary school initiative, it was ultimately the power of community that has allowed us to grow, engage more young people, and provide support to women and children in some of the communities hardest hit by HIV in Africa.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved from our inception for their dedication, initiative, and the passion they’ve shown for this project. This includes our enthusiastic volunteers and board, each of the students, teachers, and school boards who’ve welcomed us to their school community, our tremendous group of public and private sponsors, and finally, everyone who has shown their recognition for the power of art in addressing global challenges like the HIV epidemic, whether through kind words, telling others about our work, or purchasing one of our students’ works of art.

Thank you.