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CCAH features Human Rights Awareness Tour

Trina Ortega
Carbondale Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” For its final musical event of the summer, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) will host the type of fun and funky show that only C’dale can pull off and appreciate.

The national Human Rights Awareness Tour ” including music by Aphrodesia and a No Sweat Fashion Show ” will take place from 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Fourth and Main streets.

“I think it’s really exciting. It’s a whole group of people from all over that push human rights awareness. But they’re also environmentally engaged. It just seems like such a good fit for Carbondale,” CCAH Executive Director Ro Mead said.



The Human Rights Awareness Tour is a group of traveling student organizers, non-governmental organizations, and visual and performing artists who use their positive energy to establish human rights as a nationwide concern.

“We at the Human Rights Awareness Tour have made a commitment to positive activism and believe that the best way to effectively raise awareness that will induce international improvement is through positive thinking and communication,” states the website, http://www.humanrightstour.org.



A highlight of the tour is the No Sweat Fashion Show, which uses clothing from manufacturers that don’t use sweat shops. Local models will don the designs in this socially progressive show.

Some creative local artists additionally will be displaying their own fun clothing designed from a range of recycled products, including toilet paper tubes, chicken feathers and plastic hospital tubing.

“It’s the kind of the fashion show that only Carbondale can put on,” Mead said. “We’re hoping that this recycled art fashion show becomes a repeat event.”

The evening also includes energy conservation discussions and education, compact florescent light bulbs for sale, fish tacos by Rico Torres, and beer and wine.

The band LMNOP kicks off the mini festival at 4:30 p.m. followed by the fashion shows. Aphrodesia, well-remembered from Mountain Fair 2005, will take the stage at 7 p.m.

This 11-piece, San Francisco-based ensemble blends rich, female lead vocals and slamming horn-laden poly-rhythmic funk that Global Rhythm Magazine calls “a Pan-African mash-up.”

Aphrodesia’s music carries with it a strong sense of social justice, and the band’s commitment to social change extends offstage as well. Having headlined numerous benefits for causes ranging from AIDS prevention and tsunami relief to anti-Iraq war organizations, the group has made a point of traveling on alternative fuels like biodiesel and recycled vegetable oil.

Go to http://www.aphrodesia.org, to learn more about the musicians, who are among the Human Rights Awareness Tour artists.

CCAH will be raffling off two bikes donated by New Belgium brewery and Ute City Cycles. Volunteers who have put in at least four hours at Mountain Fair or for CCAH over the past year are eligible. Volunteers must fill out a raffle ticket at the CCAH office.

Call CCAH at 963-1680 to volunteer for the event or visit http://www.carbondalearts.com for more information.


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