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THE ARTIST & HER STUDIO

COMMUNITY BUILDING

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Mary is committed to building community
locally, nationally and globally.  Her philanthropy
as well as her advocacy reflect her commitment
to those who are most impacted by poverty and
abuse, those who suffer the consequences of stigma
and discrimination, and those who have been denied
the opportunity to live joyfully in a context of a
supporting community.

Her work training vulnerable women in Zambia to become jewelry-making artisans is one demonstration of her commitment to provide both economic opportunity and a sustaining community to those who have neither.  You are invited to learn more about this effort, and others, and—where appropriate—to add your support to Mary's.

Community Building

The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet

Mary had just released her memoir, Messenger, when she met Thomas Morgan, filmmaker and father, who created the 100 Good Deeds game with his family. The rules of the game: A “good deed” means we’ve gone out of our way to help someone and only counts if the deed remains anonymous. He shared the game with Mary who responded by creating the remarkable 100 Good Deeds Bracelet to be made by vulnerable women worldwide. The bracelet is both a call to do good deeds and a strategy to empower women. Thomas's game and Mary's bracelet have together launched a worldwide 100 Good Deeds movement.

Abataka Foundation

Another world away, some 30 vulnerable African women spend their days hand-crafting
exquisite bracelets and necklaces. What sets them apart, however, is the fact that every one
of these gifted artisans from Zambia lives out her days with HIV. And that the remarkable jewelry
they fashion serves as their main lifeline.
Shop the collection >

Mary Fisher Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Fund

Led by pre-eminent AIDS researcher and physician, Dr. Michael Saag, based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the CARE Fund relies on Mary’s six books, and her many public appearances and speeches, to advance HIV/AIDS education and raise needed funds for research. Mary was recently appointed to the UAB School of Medicine Board of Visitors.

The Alpha Workshops

Mary has joined the Board of Directors at The Alpha Workshops, which is the nation’s only non-profit organization providing creative HIV-positive individuals with industry-specific training and employment in the decorative arts.

In accordance with its mission “to provide a new model of economic development for people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities”, the Alpha Workshops is part of a growing movement to establish unique ways of working, teaching and doing business, primarily in service of individuals living with HIV, but with benefits for all.

Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Mary is one of six trustees—with her mother and siblings—comprising the board of the Foundation dedicated to the heritage inspired by her parents and devoted to causes important to her parents and embraced by their children, and their children’s children.

Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps (GHC) is building a community of emerging leaders who share a common belief: Health is a human right.

GHC pairs intelligent and passionate fellows with organizations that require new thinking and innovative solutions. GHC also provides these young leaders with the tools to remain connected after their fellowship year finishes, deepening their ability to enact change through heightened skills and strong partnerships.

Eg2 (Educational Gallery Group)

Eg2 is a community of young artists who, aided by arts educators and professionals, promote development of the creative arts in Palm Beach County (FL) by encouraging children to display their art (or performance) in a public setting.

UNAIDS

Mary remains engaged with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, the leading global partnership promoting universal access to treatment, prevention, care and support, through which she earlier served as a Special Representative.

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