Projects

The Artists Behind The Cradle Project

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There are over 500 artists behind The Cradle Project. At each exhibit, we invite local artists to make a cradle, expanding the exhibit, and the community around it. The new cradles, ideas, and people who become a part of The Cradle Project become a part of the impact it makes. The reality of HIV and poverty in Africa is less and less visible in the U.S. and the cradles bring it back into our minds in a way only art can, [...]

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Cradle Making in Santa Cruz

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This February, The Cradle Project opened for the first time in California at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). The exhibit includes twenty-two cradles from the original 2008 installation, and new cradles made by Santa Cruz artists Wes Modes, Heidi Cramer, and Luke Wilson. Wes Modes making a cradle. Photo credit: Santa Cruz MAH. The MAH put their unique stamp on the exhibit with the interactivity and community participation they’re known and loved for in [...]

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The Cradle Project Opens in Santa Cruz

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The Cradle Project opens at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History next week. It’s the first time this art installation will be shown in California and it’s going to be right here across the street from our office in Santa Cruz. We’re very excited to have the exhibit so close to home. We’ve been working closely with the great staff of the Museum of Art and History to build a beautiful exhibit that inspires as well as informs. It [...]

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Art and its Power to Inspire Change

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I had a chance to see The Cradle Project exhibit this past week in Washington, DC and it was moving. The twenty-eight empty cradles made from found and discarded materials powerfully call attention to the nearly 12 million African children orphaned by AIDS. We’ve shared a few photos from the exhibit on our Facebook pageso that you can see them.The cradles have inspired many conversations among the community and government leaders from around the world who gathered around them. When [...]

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The International AIDS Agenda and A Call to Support Community-Based Organizations

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Two days before the International AIDS conference, while The Cradle Project opened at the Washington Studio School in DC, some Firelight advisors, board, staff and grantees met with 450 other delegates at a two-day symposium of the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS. Firelight is a founding member of the Coalition and our Director, Peter Laugharn, just completed his term as the Chair of the Coalition, which believes that children need to be made a higher priority in the international [...]

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