A GROUP of artists, including four locals, have come together to show art can make a difference around the world br raising money for AIDS charities.
Fremantle’s Ian and Rosslyn de Souza have joined with South Fremantle’s Lisbeth Goedhart, Palmyra’s Dawn Meader and other artists in a Pozible campaign push to raise $12,000 as part of a Community Arts in Health project in Bangladesh.
At the time of going to print, the group had raised just over $8000.
Mrs de Souza said the group was working hard alongside UNAids and seven Bangladeshi artists, health and community workers to raise the money, which would be used on a pilot training program ahead of the 12 International Congress on Aids in Asia and the Pacific in November.
“The overarching project goal is to be the vehicle for promoting awareness and health messages, empowering people affected by HIV through artistic processes and community activities,” she said.
“There is a substantial body of international research that demonstrates the ability of arts and culture to provide good preventative and therapeutic outcomes.”
Mrs de Souza said the drop in international aid in the recent Federal Budget meant this was a chance to create change, using art as a tool.
“Our team will be working with Bangladeshi artists, alongside health and community workers, engaging grass roots communities with the themes of stigmatisation and rights to health, and also to enable the wider community and delegates to connect with the personal stories of people living with HIV,” she said.
Visit www.pozible.com/project/196613 to take part in the campaign.