HIV Awareness and Music

November 27, 2011

Join Isis Storm and Friends to Recognize World AIDS Day, 2011


Join Isis Storm, Partners in Learning about AIDS and Other Community Partners on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 to raise awareness and commemorate World AIDS Day through music, poetry and visual art…

World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Rally: Test Today, Zero Tomorrow
Wednesday, Nov 30, 3:30 PM, Roots Cultural Center, Providence, RI

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WHO
The Red Ribbon Rally Committee, Providence youth, and YOU!!

WHAT
An event filled with music, performances, spoken word and even a condom competition where youth and young adults are creating HIV Prevention messages to put on condom wrappers.  The first 25 people will be entered to win a gift card!

WHEN
Wednesday, Nov 30, 3:30 PM

WHERE
Roots Cultural Center, 276 Westminster Street in Providence

PARKING INFO/DISCOUNT:
If you are planning to drive to the event, you can park in the Grace Church Parking lot off Westminster Street for $5.00. Please tell the the parking attendant you are going to the charity event at Roots Cultural Center.

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(December 1, 2010)

Isis Storm and Friends Recognize World AIDS Day: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WORLD AIDS DAY MOVIE SCREENING AT URI PROVIDENCE CAMPUS

PROVIDENCE, RI – Partners in Learning about AIDS (PL-AIDS), Isis Storm and the URI Alumni of Color Network invite you to join us for a film screening on the URI Providence/CCE campus on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, World AIDS Day, to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS and its related issues. Our goal is not to host a large seminar, but to mainstream the topic of HIV/AIDS by making a movie available to students who may be at the campus in-between classes and to community members in the downtown area.  Refreshments will be served, and the event is open to URI students and the public.
Who:
– Isis Storm
– Partners in Learning about AIDS
– URI Alumni of Color Network
What:
World AIDS Day Film Screening at URI Providence/Feinstein Campus
When:
– Wednesday, December 1, 2010
– 2:30 PM
Where:
URI Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI, Paff Auditorium (1st floor).
More Info:
PL-AIDS Project is a nonprofit organization founded and run by Brown University students that are involved with grassroots HIV/AIDS advocacy, services, and prevention in the Providence area and abroad. (www.plaidsproject.org)
Isis Storm is a RI-based collective of female musicians, writers, poets, media producers, and educators founded by two URI alumni who wanted to bring attention to local female artists while working on behalf of women and communities of color. (www.isisstorm.com)
The mission of the Alumni of Color Network is to provide professional and personal development, networking, advocacy and community building opportunities for alumni and students of color of the University of Rhode Island. (www.advance.uri.edu/alumni/acn)
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World AIDS Day Benefit Concert at Brown University
Spoken Word Poetry, Hip Hop and Global Grooves
Presented by Members and Friends of Isis Storm
8:00 PM – 10:00pm
BROWN UNIVERSITY
Providence, RI
Salomon Hall, 001
TICKETS: $1.00 at the door
PRIZES & RAFFLES for $1.00
Sponsored by:
Partners in Learning About AIDS
Brown Queer Alliance
Isis Storm
Tickets will also be sold on the Brown University main green on Wednesday from 9am-5pm. Raffle prizes include gift certificates to Nice Slice Pizza, Scialo’s Bakery, Books on the Square Bookstore, Three Sisters, and Seven Stars, and free day passes at the Rock Gym rock climbing center.
All proceeds benefit AIDS nonprofits

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(October 2010)

Isis Storm Gathers Advocates for Girls and Women, HIV/AIDS Activists, RI Community Members, and Lovers of Music for an Acoustic Night of Music and Poetry and HIV Awareness

On Thursday, September 16, at a coffeehouse in Providence, RI, a group composed of advocates for girls and women, HIV/AIDS activists, residents and young professionals from across the state, and general lovers of music gathered for a two-part event: an HIV awareness music show and an introduction to two RI-based initiatives – Isis Storm and Partners in Learning about AIDS.

Isis Storm is a collective of female poets, musicians, artists, photographers, media producers, and educators with the collective mission of bringing forth those voices that are being neglected; to be a vehicle to the generations of women who are fed up with seeing and accepting someone else’s definitions of who they are; and to give attention to the generations of women who are awakening to the realization that they are more than what their generation sees.

Partners in Learning About AIDS (PL-AIDS) is a non-profit organization based in Providence that aims to educate and treat high risk HIV populations, locally and globally. The group was founded in 2009 by public health students from Brown University, and their collaborations include those with with researchers at universities in Hong Kong, and with agencies within Rhode Island working with LGBTQ populations, Asian and Latino immigrants, non-English speaking populations, and other high-risk communities.

Like the strategy at PL-AIDS, Isis Storm has a history of developing community partnerships, for example “We Run This!” – a hip hop show for “Women and Mothers” which they combined with a holistic health fair to draw in women and men from the community for the purpose of recognizing the importance of women, and the necessity of taking care of oneself. During that event, which happened in May of 2010, Isis Storm received support from over a dozen sponsors including Neighborhood Health Plan of RI and the Urban League of RI.

Advancing their focus on health, Isis Storm brought guests together in September for the coupling of special “acoustic” performances and DJ’ing with informational announcements and giveaways about HIV prevention, current HIV treatments, facts about infection and transmission rates and resources to support overall health. The evening also included time for networking, an important feature given that the event drew in artists, advocates and community members who live and work across the state of RI.

Isis Storm members who supported the event include Kalyana Champlain, the co-founder of Isis Storm and a hip hop artist who performs under the alias, 5th Elament – who, on the night of the 16th, shared special selections of poetry and acappella versions from her “Thru the Muck” album – and Michelle Cruz, who sung selections from her upcoming album “The Recovery,” alongside pianist Lonnie Gasperini. Isis Storm co-founder, Reza Clifton, hosted the event and performed as DJ (under the dual-aliases Venus Sings and DJ Reza Wreckage), while members Jessica “J9” Coulter and Hannah “B-mor 7” Ressinger joined Champlain for a performance of “Tombs of Winter,” a song they jointly wrote and produced about their personal experiences dealing with HIV-positive relatives.

In addition to taking in the Isis Storm performances and health resources shared, attendees supported the event through an entry fee, the partial sum of which was made into a one-time monetary donation supporting the 25th Annual AIDS Walk RI event/fundraiser and, specifically, the team sent by PL-AIDS.

For more information about Isis Storm, visit http://www.IsisStorm.com. For more information about PL-AIDS, visit http://www.plaidsproject.org. Find a link to listen to Tombs of Winter on both sites.

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Hear it for Yourself:Tombs of Winter-I.S. HIV awareness by Isis Storm

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Learn more about PL-AIDS

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Learn more about upcoming/recent releases by ‘5th Elament’ and Michelle Cruz by visiting their personal pages: 5thElament.com and MichelleCruz.com. Click here to learn more about ‘B-mor 7’ and here for more on ‘J9‘.

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