TCC C4C Releases Tulsa CARES Documentary

Posted on September 26, 2014

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Please take a moment to view our documentary produced by TCC C4C’s own Video Producer, Ethan Rolen. Learn about how HIV has impacted the life of one client and discover how Tulsa CARES works to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in our community.


Reframing Positive: PhotoVoice Exhibition

Posted on September 8, 2014

Join Tulsa Community College and Tulsa CARES for a multidisciplinary look at HIV that allows those living with the disease to tell their stories. Reframing Positive, a PhotoVoice exhibition, features photography created by Tulsa CARES clients living with HIV and AIDS. All events are free and open to the public. The Center for Creativity (C4C) is located in downtown Tulsa at 11th and Boston, across the street from TCC’s Metro Campus, with free parking available behind the building.

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September 15 – October 3, 2014
Reframing Positive: Tulsa CARES PhotoVoice Exhibition

Reframing Positive features photography created by Tulsa CARES clients living with HIV and AIDS. This powerful exhibition highlights the struggles, triumphs, and daily lives of this often-marginalized community. For exhibition viewing hours, call (918) 595-7143.

Thursday, September 18
Free, confidential 15-minute HIV testing, administered by H.O.P.E.
10 am – 2 pm, meet in C4C Event Hall (testing administered in private rooms)

Thursday, September 18
Lunch and Learn — “HIV in the 21st Century,” Noon, C4C Event Hall

With advances in HIV prevention and treatment, what does “safe sex” mean today? Learn about HIV prevention and H.O.P.E.’s free HIV testing and counseling services over a free brown bag lunch provided by TCC’s Student Activities Office.

Tuesday, September 23
Tulsa CARES Session #1 – 6 – 7:30 pm, C4C Event Hall

This session focuses on the impact of HIV on individuals. View the PhotoVoice exhibition and watch a short documentary about how HIV has affected the life of a Tulsa CARES client produced by the C4C. Participate in a discussion and Q&A with a Tulsa CARES client, a social worker who is also living with HIV, and a Tulsa CARES care coordinator.

Thursday, September 25
“Art as Community Service” with Samantha Franklin – 4 pm, C4C Photography Classroom (3072)

Learn about the PhotoVoice method of participatory photography that can be used by community organizers to empower marginalized or disadvantaged groups. Samantha Franklin, the artist and Tulsa CARES staff member who organized the exhibit on display in the C4C, discusses the PhotoVoice concept and how it can be applied to a variety of projects.

Wednesday, October 1
Tulsa CARES Session #2 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm, C4C Event Hall

This session focuses on the PhotoVoice project and how it impacted and empowered Tulsa CARES clients. View the PhotoVoice exhibition and participate in a discussion and Q&A session with a Tulsa CARES client and care coordinator.


Owasso to Help United Way Kickoff Campaign

Posted on September 2, 2014

The Tulsa Area United Way will officially kick off and announce the goal of its annual campaign for the community at the Live United Crosstown Showdown – the legendary Owasso-Broken Arrow High School football rivalry – on Friday, Sept. 5.

The football game will begin at 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium, 1901 E. Albany in Broken Arrow. Tickets will be available at the stadium.

“Football and the United Way campaign are two of our community’s most beloved fall traditions,” said Mark Graham, president and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way. “We are thrilled to partner with these high schools and communities to kick off our campaign.”

The goal of the annual campaign will be announced at halftime before 15,000 students, parents and fans.

“We are proud to partner with the United Way in launching its annual campaign for the community,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools. “This is not only a merging of two great traditions, but an opportunity to help educate our students, parents and fans about the importance of supporting the United Way.”

“The United Way has such a tremendous impact on both the Owasso and Broken Arrow communities,” said Dr. Clark Ogilvie, superintendent of the Owasso Public Schools. “Being a part of the United Way campaign kick-off and goal announcement is a great way for our teams to support the community.”
The kickoff celebration will help the United Way shine a spotlight on suburban areas, Graham said. Numerous agencies funded by the United Way are located in nearby communities, including Broken Arrow and Owasso, and residents of both communities receive services from the United Way’s 61 partner agencies.

The chair of this year’s United Way campaign is Dr. Gerry Clancy, president of the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa. The campaign will be led by 50 members of the all-volunteer Campaign Cabinet, and supported by 20 loaned executives, volunteers from throughout the community and United Way staff members.

The game marks the official beginning of the annual United Way campaign, although several companies and organizations, known as Trailblazers, are currently conducting their campaigns early during the summer. The success of their early campaigns also will be announced at halftime.

“The Tulsa Area United Way serves a six-county region, including Broken Arrow, Owasso and many other surrounding communities,” Graham said. “In fact, last year nearly 550,000 people in the Tulsa area received services from the agencies we support.”

The cheerleading squads from both schools will help the United Way reveal the big number, Graham said. In addition, the Broken Arrow High School band will perform, and the annual Hall of Fame presentations will be made during halftime.

The winner of the game will receive the Live United Crosstown Showdown Cup, provided by Bailey Medical Center.

“It’s going to be a great evening and we encourage everyone to attend,” Graham said. “There’s nothing like the beginning of fall and football in Oklahoma and we’re so pleased to be part of the tradition.”

Living with HIV subject of exhibit

Posted on June 30, 2014

JoAnna Carriger said she came to a fork in the road five years ago when she found out she was HIV positive. “I realized I could take the positive side or focus on the negative side. I decided the positive side was a better way to go,” she said.