Oak Park and River Forest High School will be decorated with African artwork until Dec. 20.

Monday marked the beginning of a month-long display of works by African artists. The exhibit is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the second floor student center balcony. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the exhibit will formally open to the public. Saturday’s opening takes place at OPRF from 6 to 8 p.m.

The month-long exhibit is sponsored in part by Global Alliance for Africa and OPRF’s Students for Peace and Justice.

Global Alliance for Africa is an organization that provides food, shelter and health care to vulnerable children in Africa, many of whom are orphaned because their parents died from AIDS.

AIDS has ravaged many countries in Africa. Saturday’s opening at OPRF coincides with national World AIDS Day.

Global Alliance for Africa has also worked to develop an art program targeting the social and emotional needs of African children. The artists include painters, printmakers, and weavers. Their works, as well as art by children in the program, are featured in OPRF’s display.

Photos of the art camps, quilted wall-hangings created by children of Arusha, Tanzania, OPRF students and other Chicago area children, will also be on display.

Some of the artwork will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit Global Alliance for Africa and the children they work with. Visitors to the exhibit are asked to sign in at OPRF’s front desk Welcome Center.

-Terry Dean

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