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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
TEXAS: Zimbabwe-Based Artists' Exhibit Benefits AIDS Project
Robin Y. Richardson
February 20, 2013
Longview News Journal (Texas) (02.19.13)

During March, the Michelson Museum of Art in Marshall, Texas, will feature the work of renowned Zimbabwean Shonan artist Tawanda Sarireni and 14 other Shonan artists. All are in a co-op called “Mystery in Stone, of which Sarireni serves as chairman. The exhibit encompasses approximately a dozen pieces. Fifteen percent of the proceeds raised from the exhibit will go to Mystery in Stone’s “Art for AIDS” project, which provides education and treatment for Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS patients. Sarireni explains, “There’s been a lot of negligence in Zimbabwe, particular to small communities because we live miles away from (civilization) where there’s no radio, television access, and there’s been negligence coming to educate people of the HIV.” Museum spokeswoman Bonnie Strauss stated that the museum was especially honored to host the exhibit in conjunction with Black History Month. Of Sarireni, Strauss declared, “We are thrilled with his work and the opportunity to enjoy and learn for all ages. Everyone in the community has had a part in welcoming him, and the artists have really rallied around.” Sarireni states that exhibit viewers will get to see the diverse work of 15 different artists who grew up as friends in the same culture, but he emphasizes that each work of art is distinctive and unique.