The following post was written by Madeline Marmor, student intern at Art for AIDS International.

On February 3rd, Arts for Aids International was part of welcoming Sir Elton John to Budweiser Garden Arena for his sold out concert.  

Art for Aids International had the honour of selecting two piece art to offer the musician in recognition of the role he, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), have played in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

EJAF works on the international level to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS through innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct treatment, care, and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Along with sharing similar missions, both Arts for Aids International and EJAF work on the grassroots level with those affected by HIV and AIDS through workshops and community-based programming and events.

Sponsors for the donated works of art included Joe Fontana, Mayor of London; John Winston, Tourism London; EllisDon and Budweiser Gardens.  

The first print was of Nelson Mandela entitled ‘What If’, by South African artist Jonathan Comerford and is part our international portfolio (contact us for purchase). The second print was of a collage created by Lester B. Pearson student Breanna Nkiwani, and is part of our student portfolio.

Together with Global Spectrum, Live Nation Canada, and Don Donner the pieces were given to Sir John. We were told that Sir John really liked the artwork selected.

We would like to thank all those involved for this lovely partnership.