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World AIDS Day 2011

A message from Stephen Lewis

To add to the endless variety of innovations that the Foundation has initiated, we've now begun to focus, with special emphasis, on the role of the arts. It's not often recognized, but music, dance, theatre, poetry, drumming, song - they're all part of the response to the AIDS pandemic.

At the grassroots, in village after village where the virus haunts life, the use of the arts as a therapeutic tool is valued, cherished and employed. There's nothing more moving than the way in which song, dance and play can lift an orphaned child out of silence and suffering.

On this World AIDS Day, it's worth remembering that in Africa, all the elements of life and culture are mobilized to turn the tide of AIDS.

Stephen Lewis
Chair of the Board, Stephen Lewis Foundation

Join us on Wednesday, November 30, on the eve of World AIDS Day, for an evening profiling the healing power of the arts, and the launch of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Arts Fund. Featuring live performances and discussion with Stephen Lewis, Molly Johnson, d'bi young, Susan G. Cole, grassroots experts from South Africa and Zambia, and more! Watch it at 6 PM live on our website,


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