G. Thupayagale-Tshweneagae and Z. Mokomane International Nursing Review, 2012
Available evidence shows that over half of all orphans under the age of 18 years are adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years. Despite this, the needs of adolescents orphaned by AIDS are seldom recognized or adequately addressed in policy and programmes. Instead, the focus tends to be on the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. However, there are several factors that render adolescent-specific programmes important.
"In whatever form it takes—sculpture, painting, mixed media and more—art can express things in a way not possible with facts and fi gures, and this is especially true in the AIDS response. Art and AIDS have been inextricably linked throughout the epidemic’s quarter of a century history. Art has conveyed what words alone could not." (Dr. Pieter Piot, Executive Director, UNAIDS)
This program for the Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival (running from Aug. 24–30, 2010) explains the different ways that public space can be transformed through art.
Although the festival does not address HIV & AIDS or sexuality, the program attached above shows some awesome ways (i.e. graffiti, dance, outdoor photo galleries...and umbrellas and couches!) that the arts could be used in public rallies or other awareness-raising events around HIV & AIDS.