What difference does this make? Ten years of arts-based
work with youth in addressing HIV & AIDS Conference.
Durban, South Africa
This symposium was organized through the Participatory Cultures Lab, McGill University (Claudia Mitchell, James McGill Professor), the Centre for Visual Methodologies for Social Change (Relebohile Moletsane, JL Dube Chair in Rural Education) and the Chair in HIV & AIDS Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Naydene DeLange). The event represented ’10 years on’ in that 2011-2012 marked the anniversary of the beginning of the research group’s involvement in the use of participatory methodologies with youth in relation to HIV & AIDS, and in particular dating back to the Soft Cover Project directed by Claudia Mitchell and funded through the Canadian Society for International Health in collaboration with the Centre for the Book in Cape Town. A special feature of the symposium involved the participation of 5 of the young people from Khayelitsha and Atlantis in the Western Cape who were part of the original ‘soft cover’ group, along with Shannon Walsh who was then the coordinator of the project.