Celebrating African Grandmothers – a Juried Art Exhibition – Sept 2013

The GANG (Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation) is Celebrating African Grandmothers with ART.

African grandmothers are leaders in their communities and the primary caregivers for their grandchildren and their immediate families. They work valiantly to fight the stigma of HIV/AIDS, raise awareness about the virus and provide vital care to people living with it. Experts in the work to overcome the pandemic, they are on the frontlines as agents of change. In spite of the heartache and hardships, there are signs everywhere that the tide of AIDS is beginning to turn at the community level.

The GANG, a group of 85 Edmonton and area grandmothers who are friends of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, fundraise to support the work of African grandmothers.

The 2013 art show Celebrating African Grandmothers, heroes of the continent, is a juried art exhibition. The call for entries brought 83 submissions from artists in across Canada, the United States and Europe. The 40 pieces selected by the jury tell the story of the hope and small triumphs which light the way to victory over the AIDS pandemic.


The artwork provides a window to the world of sub-Saharan African grandmothers and celebrates their tireless work for a safer and brighter future for the next generation.

On display at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts the exhibit will then travel to 15 locations in Western Canada from Campbell River to Brandon Manitoba. It will return to New Westminster on the eve of International Women’s Day, March 7, 2014, for a gala auction.

African grandmothers are heroic women who meet adversity head-on as they raise their voices in song, move their bodies in rhythm and heal themselves and their communities. We celebrate them! We hope you will share our admiration for the matriarchs of Africa and recognize that, while positive strides have been made, there is still much to be done. Please join us!

More information about the exhibit and instructions for on-line bidding may be found at http://www.royalcitygogos.org/art-exhibit-tour.html

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