Film and Performing Arts Festival promotes HIV/AIDS prevention

From press release

The Rockford BASUAH (Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS) Coalition is hosting a two-day Film and Performing Arts Festival to highlight the importance of HIV prevention. The festival will be Friday, April 23, and the following Friday, April 30. Both events are free and open to the entire community.

Friday, April 23—“Sister’s Night Out”

This ladies-only event will be at Riverfront Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with short films beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the feature film Tangy’s Song showing at 7 p.m., with a special appearance by the star of the film, Tangy Major. Attendees will be treated to free pampering services throughout the evening: chair massage, manicures, facials, and a chocolate fondue. Door prizes will also be given. Hearty appetizers will be available (while supplies last) after a question-and-answer discussion following the movie.

Saturday, April 30—Red Carpet Night

This night features local actors in mini-dramas depicting real-life issues around HIV/AIDS and the barriers that prevent people from receiving HIV prevention education, testing and treatment. The performances are under the direction of Barbara Welch in collaboration with Sonya Kirkpactrick. The event will be at the Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, from 6 to 9 p.m. HIV testing will be available through the services of the Total Health Awareness Team. Door prizes and hearty appetizers will also be available.

The BASUAH project is an HIV/AIDS education and testing campaign sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health in 2005, to address the alarming trend of HIV infection among the state’s African-American community.

The local BASUAH initiatives, which began in August 2006, are a collaborative effort with many community organizations and partners. The group’s goal is to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in the community by supporting current HIV/AIDS education and screening programs, in addition to creating innovative outreach programming.

For more information, contact the Winnebago County Health Department’s Black Male Health and BASUAH Coordinator Mark Hunter at (815) 720-4268.

BASUAH HIV/AIDS Coalition partners include the following: Winnebago County Health Department,  Crusader Community Health, Black Male Health Community Action Team, Black Healthcare Initiative Coalition, Rockford Health Council, City of Rockford, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Allen Chapel AME Church, Miles Memorial CME Church, Liberty Baptist Church, National Council of Negro Women, Diversity of Rockford, Total Health Awareness Team, Living Word Light of the World Ministries Int’l, Ellis Heights Weed and Seed, Rock River Training, Young Life, Rockford Public Library (Montague Branch) and Stand Against Cancer.

From the April 21-27, 2010 issue

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