Event Calendar

February 2012
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ArtCares Jr.

February 17, 2012
5:00 pmto9:00 pm

Most young people enjoy creative activities: writing, drawing and designing are ways to express who they are, how they feel, and their relationship to the world around them. Creative activities provide opportunities to examine real-life issues and problems – including HIV and AIDS and the stigma attached to it. Art is often a major way children communicate.

ArtCares Jr. is an opportunity for young artists between the ages of 3 and 14 to show off their talents and skills while offering their support for those infected, affected and at-risk for HIV/AIDS. ArtCares Jr. is being presented in conjunction with the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland’s signature fundraiser – ArtCares.

Young artists are given a blank canvas to use as they choose. Any kind of art is accepted – paintings, watercolor, pen and ink, pastel or any other medium they chose to work in. Their art will be displayed at the 78th Street Studios popular ‘Third Friday’ on Friday, February 17 at a special reception from 5-9pm. Works will be auctioned off in a silent auction to help raise funds for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.

For more information about this event, contact Rebecca Murray-Strong at 216-621-0766, extension 232 or rstrong@atfgc.org.


ArtCares Jr. is presented with the generous support of:

ArtCares 2012

April 28, 2012
6:30 pmto11:30 pm


To purchase tickets, please click HERE.

Since 2003, ArtCares has grown to be the signature event benefiting the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. In 2011 we were able to have a record-breaking year with over 600 attendees and $85,000 raised!

ArtCares 2012 will be no different. We look forward to another fantastic year! The 10th Anniversary of the event will take place at MOCA Cleveland, on Saturday, April 28, 2012.  The VIP reception will begin at 6:30pm, and the party and auction will begin at 8pm.

The event will feature silent and live auctions of art and other items, live entertainment, and great food and drink. All proceeds raised go directly to supporting our mission to provide a compassionate and collaborative response to the needs of people infected, affected and at risk of HIV/AIDS.

Our Honorary Chair, Howard Lake, is returning once again along with event co-chairs Jon Benedict and Noelle Celeste. They are joined this year by two more co-chairs, Carrie Carpenter and John Corlett. We will be honoring Jill Snyder, Executive Director of MOCA Cleveland, as our 2012 ArtCares Icon for her commitment to the art and HIV/AIDS communities.

ArtCares 2012 is presented by:





and Toby Devan Lewis (who has been with us from the beginning).


Event sponsors are:



Adcom, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland Institute of Art, MetroHealth and Mills, Potoczak & Co., US Bank, Ron Bailey & Bill Edwards, 78th Street Studios, Utrecht Art Supplies, Huntington Bank, and First Federal of Lakewood.

To purchase tickets, please click HERE.

For more information about the event, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Farina at 216-357-2221, or jfarina@atfgc.org

House Bill 182 passed through Ohio House Health and Aging Committee, moving toward full Ohio House of Representatives

House Health and Aging Committee voted unanimously (21-0) to approve House Bill 182

by Judith Pindell, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy

Columbus –On Wednesday February 8, 2012, the House Health and Aging Committee voted unanimously (21-0) to approve House Bill 182, a bill that would legalize syringe exchange programs in Ohio.  Syringe exchange programs are proven to be an effective prevention method for the reduction of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission. Currently in Ohio, a syringe exchange program can only operate when a city’s Health Commissioner declares a public emergency, and must have the cooperation of that city’s Mayor and Chief of Police. The only two such programs in Ohio now are operating in Cleveland and Portsmouth.

H.B. 182, sponsored by State Representatives Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Mike Foley (D-Cleveland), would explicitly allow syringe exchange programs to exist in cities that obtain approval from their city Board of Health. H.B.182 was introduced in March 2011, and shortly after its introduction in the Ohio House of Representatives, a sub-committee was created within the House Health and Aging Committee to hold hearings and report back to the full Committee. Read the rest of this page »