Art and its Power to Inspire Change

empty wooden cradleI had a chance to see The Cradle Project exhibit this past week in Washington, DC and it was moving. The twenty-eight empty cradles made from found and discarded materials powerfully call attention to the nearly 12 million African children orphaned by AIDS. We've shared a few photos from the exhibit on our Facebook pageso that you can see them.The cradles have inspired many conversations among the community and government leaders from around the world who gathered around them. When we set out to partner with Aid for Africa and The Washington Studio School to host the exhibit during the XIX International AIDS Conference, this was our goal-- to inspire conversations like these and bring people together to talk about the impact and the hoped-filled response to AIDS in Africa.

The media has responded well to the project also. I wanted to share the Huffington Post article in particular, which includes a slideshow of the cradles and emphasizes the effect that AIDS has had, and continues to have, on children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Please share the Huffington Post article within your networks and remind the world that children and families need our support and that Firelight Foundation and its 134-grantee partners are responding.

The Cradle Project is on display through August 3rd at the Washington Studio School in DC. Let us know what you think. We hope to bring the exhibit to more communities and keep the conversation about AIDS and its impact on children and families on the global agenda.

Thank you for all of your support of community-based organizations, and of Firelight Foundation's belief that Africa is strong, through its communities the impact of AIDS is addressed and children and families receive the care and support they need.

Thank you for believing in Firelight Foundation and the strength of African communities to care for their children!