How-to Guides

The YAHAnet Team has prepared two types of introductory guides which anyone can view or download:
  • Fact Guides – basic information about HIV and AIDS.
  • How-To Guides – introductions to a variety of ways of using the arts to advocate and educate on HIV and AIDS.
Many more guides coming soon!

What Are Billboards & Murals?

Billboards and murals are large-scale compositions of differing mediums that are known for capturing the attention of the public through the use of eye-catching colours or slogans.

The revised version of this guide is a collaboration with

What Are Comic Strips?

What is Collage Art?

Collage art consists of a collection of pictures, words, and other materials retrieved from various sources and pasted together to form a symbolic composition of images. Collage art began centuries ago with the invention of paper, and became mainstream around the end of the 20th century when European artists such as Picasso began to incorporate it into their artwork.

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Drawing in an HIV/AIDS Context

Drawing remains a very broad art method, and so may be approached in many ways. As the tools required to make a drawing are so basic, it is a good idea to explore other art forms and materials that may be incorporated into a drawing.

Pros:

    ✓ Materials required for drawing are, for the most part, simple to use, inexpensive, and accessible
    ✓ Most communities are familiar with drawing, and so will be more likely to open up to the idea

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What Is Hip Hop?

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Why Use Music for HIV/AIDS Education?

Music plays a significant role in people's lives and is easily accessible in most places around the world through the radio. Music and the celebrities who make it can be highly influential in everyday life, and, therefore, both the music itself and its message as well as the model of behaviour put forth by those who perform it can have a powerful impact on the way HIV/AIDS is perceived. Moreover, it can be an incredible tool for increasing awareness and raising funds.

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Why Use Dance for HIV/AIDS Education?

Dance of some form is present as an aspect of many cultures around the world. It usually refers to body movement used as a form of social interaction, expression, spiritual fulfillment, or performance. Dance can also be used as an effective HIV/AIDS prevention mechanism. If integrated into the community, it can provide much-needed extracurricular activities which can decrease the chances of getting involved in behaviours that increase the risk of contracting HIV. Dance can also be used as peer-to-peer education tool on HIV/AIDS issues.

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Why Use Fiction and Non Fiction Literature for HIV/AIDS Education?

Literature can be employed in many diverse ways. Many resources are often required when it comes to book writing, but the rewards that can be gained—such as heightened awareness within a community—should be worth the effort.

Pros:

    ✓ Books serve as a highly influential mechanism for educating and enlightening
    ✓ The practice of writing is beneficial not only to the reader, but to the writer as well
    ✓ Literature may serve to unite communities

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What is Forum Theatre?

Forum theatre is an interactive form of performance that creates an outlet for people to discuss and strategize around sensitive social and personal issues such as those surrounding HIV and AIDS. Typically, a theatre groups puts on a performance which can incorporate many different elements including narration, dance, puppetry, and acting. There is a group discussion following the performance.

Why Use Forum Theatre for HIV/AIDS Education?

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What Are Magazines?

Magazines are paperback booklets filled with articles, photos, and advertisements released at regular intervals (e.g. on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis).

Why Use Magazines for HIV & AIDS Education?

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What Styles of Painting Are There?

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Why Use Television for HIV/AIDS Education?

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What is Narrative Writing?

Narrative Writing tells a story about a person, an event, or a series of events. As a form of writing it is rich with detail and description drawing the reader into the situation presented. Narrative writing can be fictional or non-fictional. It usually has a distinct moral or point embedded within the story that is extremely clear, and it often discusses the actions of characters in challenging, exciting, or emotionally-charged situations.

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What are Newsletters?

Newsletters are written texts produced for distribution to the public that document and announce recent news, upcoming events, and any other pieces of information that may potentially be of interest or importance to a community.

Why Use Newsletters for HIV & AIDS Awareness?

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What is Storytelling?

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What is Street Theatre?

Street theatre is a theatrical presentation performed in a public space that does not have a paying audience. Street theatre is extremely useful for raising awareness because its informal nature provokes the audience to discuss difficult and controversial issues like those surrounding HIV/AIDS. In addition, because street theatre is free of charge and takes place in a public area people of all socioeconomic backgrounds have the opportunity to enjoy, benefit, and contribute to it.

Why use Street Theatre for HIV/AIDS Education?

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What is a Website?

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What is Collaborative Video?

Collaborative video refers to the process of producing video documentaries with communities. Video documentaries are informational, researched films that generally include interviews and footage of people in their everyday lives. Documentaries often serve a political purpose with the goal of revealing truths to the public. Presenting content such as statistical evidence and evocative video clips, documentaries use factual, real-life scenarios to shed light on sensitive or controversial subject matter.

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What Is Puppetry?

Puppetry is a form of theatre that involves the use of artificial figures that represent human beings, animals, or other inanimate objects. These lively figures are the star actors and can talk, dance, sing, and create an exciting and engaging performance. Puppetry can take on a variety of forms, ranging from professional to informal and can be presented in many different settings. Puppets can range in size and complexity and can be anything from the simplest shadow puppets, to elaborate human size creations with detailed features and spectacular costumes.

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What is Radio Drama?

Radio drama consists of recorded fictional stories that are played for the public through radio stations. Recordings may also be played through the internet, using a method called “streaming”.