Profile Highlight: Ribbon Rouge Foundation (Edmonton)
As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.
“Ribbon Rouge Foundation exists to frame and surface social justice issues which contribute to the spread of HIV for public engagement on these issues. We exist to sustain/ help sustain/ contribute to a public conversation by providing pathways for solutions for addressing underlying social justice problems which currently contribute to the spread of HIV such as: gender & sexuality-based violence, health inequity, racism, and poverty. We hope to support cultural shift through media, communication, arts and storytelling to contribute to larger policy change which is ultimately needed to achieve zero new HIV infections.
Student Arts Illustration Mentorship: In correlation with the annual Ribbon Rouge Arts 4 Action benefit, Graphic Designers of Canada Alberta North and Ribbon Rouge Foundation works with 15 student illustrators in a mentorship opportunity.
Working with student members of the GDC (max of 15) a series of illustrations are created related to an annual theme. Each student is mentored by people living with HIV to tease out relevant social justice issues to be conveyed through the arts. Each week students will be introduced to a new local professional illustrator and will have the chance to discuss their work. This is a great opportunity for students to find out more about the business of illustration and make connections that may serve them well if the future.
The art pieces created are used in cause marketing for the artist, for fundraising and to spread relevant social justice messages. This opportunity is open to student members as well as recent graduates (within 2 years).”