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Organization promotes AIDS awareness through art



A group of nine people in Oklahoma City decided that a major problem with AIDS/HIV prevention was a lack of education for young people and a shortage of funding for many local support organizations. Led by founder Clif Taylor, these individuals formed The Red Line Foundation.

From 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, the nonprofit organization will host its first fund-raising event at the a.k.a. Gallery, 3001 Paseo. Named for the color associated with AIDS/HIV awareness, "The Red Show" will be a one-night art exhibit and sale featuring works from 21 local artists.

A portion of funds from the sale will go toward local organizations that assist victims of AIDS/HIV and also to support Red Line educational events.

"The mission of The Red Line Foundation is to raise awareness that HIV and AIDS are a social dilemma unconcerned with age, race or sexual orientation," said Ashley Griffith, the group's treasurer and owner of a.k.a. Gallery. "We're focusing primarily on education and prevention, because if we educate, we can start getting people young, and maybe someday, people won't even know what HIV is."

The Red Line Foundation was founded only six months ago, but organizers hope "The Red Show" will be the first of many events to engage the artistic community with HIV/AIDS issues.

Tickets to "The Red Show" are $5. Catering will be provided by the Paseo Grill. For more information, call 706-7516 or visit their site.

"?Allison Meier


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