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ARTBeat Returns to Celebrate 20 years of ART and Reflections!
February 21, 2017

AIDS Care Ocean State kicks off their 20thAnniversary of ARTBeat, raising funds for men, women and families living withHIV/AIDS here in Rhode Island.   

AIDS Care Ocean State(ACOS) kicks off their 20th Anniversary of ARTBeat on October 1st,2017.

This year’s theme, ‘Reflections’ allows artists and eventgoers to look back at milestones that AIDS Care Ocean State has reached in thefight against HIV/AIDS over the last 20 years.

ARTBeat begins with a Reflections Gallery Reception onOctober 1st from 7-9 PM at the Providence Place Mall’s Winter Garden,which will feature the works of one hundred artists on canvases donated by theOcean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, each work focusing on this year’stheme. The reception includes a fashion show by Design Week RI Designer, JennehMcCabe. Guests will also be encouraged to bid on the artworks through ACOS’ RedRibbon Auction, and the three pieces with the highest bids will be part of theARTBeat Live Auction at Skyline at Waterplace in Providence.  The public can bid on and view thesepaintings online, by visiting ACOS’ Red Ribbon Auction by visiting AIDSCareOS.org.

ARTBeat is also an occasion for ACOS to honor those who haveprovided support to the 3,000 people living with HIV/AIDS here in Rhode Island.ACOS has chosen Trinity Reparatory Company as the recipient of the Dedicationto the Arts Award for supplying thousands of tickets to ACOS clients, familiesand volunteers.  Scott Mitchel, Head ofACOS’ HIV+ Support and Head Educator of ACOS Speakers Bureau had this to say: “HIVaffects our most at-risk populations and many of our clients have difficultiespaying for groceries, rent and heat in the winter.  A trip to the theater is the equivalent oftaking a trip to the moon for most of the people we serve.”

“Building strong bonds with community partners like TrinityReparatory Company is an important part of how we care for our clients”, saysGeorge Evans Marley, Director of Development and Communications at ACOS. “Theyallow our agency to provide a holistic approach to care for the hundreds of peoplewe serve each day. Not only does ACOS excel in providing the most affordablehousing and assisted living programs to people living with HIV/AIDS, but wealso provide one-on-one case management, outreach, mental health support groupsand so much more that allows our clients to feel as though they are part of afamily rather than a patient or a number.”

This year’s events will also honor three local photographerswho have documented agency’s progress over the past two decades.  Jack Hartwein-Sanchez, Ryan Clarke and JenBonin have collectively donated thousands of hours to photograph fundraisingevents, agency milestones and have been friends and allies to ACOS clients andfamilies.  They will each be awarded The2017 Ambassador of the Arts Awards.

ARTBeat concludes at a live and silent auction at Skyline atWaterplace on October 27th, sponsored by Take Magazine, The Village Restaurant and the Ocean State Job Lot CharitableFoundation. VIP and General Admission tickets are now on sale. There, guestswill enjoy artistic performances from local theater troupes, big band soloistsand some experiential visual arts. Guests will dine on creations from Eat DrinkRI, Mill’s Tavern, Fire Works Catering, El Rancho Grande, Statesman’s Tavern,New Harvest Coffee and Spirits, and Kween’s Kitchen.

AIDS Care Ocean State is dedicated to providing qualityhousing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to adults, families,adolescents and children who are affected by or at risk for HIV infection. AIDSCare Ocean State will act as an advocate for individuals and families at riskwhile providing those support services needed to ensure and maintain a highquality of life for the people we serve. 

For more information about AIDS Care Ocean State’s contactour offices at 401-521-3603 or Info@AIDSCareOS.org