December 1 marks the annual observance of World AIDS Day—a day of remembrance, a day to raise awareness, a day to sound the alarm about the continuing spread of this disease. Since 2007 leading arts organizations throughout Hampton Roads have joined forces to celebrate ARTS for LIFE, an evening of dance, theater and song to benefit local AIDS organizations.
Ricardo Melendez, founding director of Actor’s Workshop of Virginia, is the producer of ARTS for LIFE. “It is our responsibility as artists, as individuals, to lend our talents and support to benefit those organizations helping to ease the struggle caused by this worldwide epidemic,” he says. “I believe that charity begins at home. AIDS is affecting all sectors of our community, including our youth. So we have gathered local artists and offered our talents to benefit those locally affected.”
From its inception, ARTS for LIFE has brought together internationally recognized local artists like Narissa Bond, Julie Clark, Mindy Brown and groups like Todd Rosenlieb Dance, the Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus, Virginia Ballet Theater, Virginia Stage Company, Actor’s Workshop of Virginia and The Governor’s School for the Arts, amongst others, in a benefit concert that raises awareness and grants support to ACCESS AIDS CARE. Each year, local visual artists and businesses donate their work and services for a silent auction and raffle.
The Benjack Studio Theatre at TRDance Center in Downtown Norfolk will host the 9th Annual ARTS for LIFE on Monday, November 30 at 7PM. Save the date and share with us in this unique event celebrating life, and join us for pre-show cocktails and a post-show celebration across the street at Gershwin’s.