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Ribbon Rouge Foundation

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.

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  • Main Communities Served:
    All Ages, Student and New Graduate Artists; African, Caribbean & Black people; people living with HIV 
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  • Arts Focus:
    Community Engaged Art 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    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).

    Listening Campaign: In collaboration with people living with HIV, researchers at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Community Leaders, Religious leaders, Alberta Health Services, Community Engaged Artists, Media & Journalists, the Ribbon Rouge Foundation is in the process of implementing this community based participatory action research project. The idea is to listen to African, Caribbean, and Black people across Alberta and to understand the current drivers of enacted HIV related stigma within these communities in order to begin to co-create interventions to address disproportional HIV infections in these communities. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Ribbon Rouge Foundation is committed to raising the voices of people affected by HIV. We believe in the liberating power of the arts to promote self-expression, build community and facilitate positive social change. 
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  • Main Contact Name:
    Morenike Olaosebikan, President 
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  • Address:
    234 10535 122 St
    Edmonton, AB  T5N 4B7 

Last updated on 2017-11-09 14:31:52. Submitted by: Ribbon Rouge