When you pass the site of the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center you will undoubtedly see our beautiful sign. As I look at it, I think of our original mission: to raise awareness and eradicate stigma of HIV/AIDS by documenting the history, remembering those who have suffered, educating people about the disease, enlightening the world to this continuing tragedy and empowering the survivors. Our first and continuing exhibit, Chronology of AIDS was completed in May 2014. We’ve come a long way since then, creating other powerful exhibits and conducting HIV education inside Broward public schools. I hope you'll join me by continuing to support these important efforts. -Steve Stagon Founder
From the CEO
Contemporary history has been deeply colored by the AIDS pandemic. 75 million infected people and 39 million still living with HIV means hundreds of millions more are profoundly touched and affected. We are determined to not only honor and remember but also to educate, enlighten and empower so that this painful, terribly costly and debilitating disease will be eradicated. Eliminating the stigma which prevents people from making considered and educated choices with regards to safe sex and needle use will, one human at a time, lead to halting the spread of HIV. By following our website and Facebook, you will be able to remain current on HIV related developments. -Hugh Beswick CEO
All levels of membership give stakeholders like you a significant opportunity to ensure the Museum’s present success and continued healthy growth into the future.
As a Charter Club member, your automatic, monthly donations will support the Museum’s operating expenses, providing the ability to always remain open to the public.
With your support, the Museum’s key initiative, the High School Outreach Program, designed to inform and educate those at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS, will continue to expand throughout all of South Florida, and hopefully throughout the state…but only with your ongoing support.
Your monthly donation of $100 brings you and your spouse/partner, free entry to all functions, unlimited entry to the Museum with a guest, special mention in all publications, website, and promotional material, and first notification of special events.
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A monthly donation of $50 gives you special notice in publications, half price admission to all special events, free admission for you and your spouse / partner to the Museum, and two guest passes per year for entry into the Museum, with first notification of special events.
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Your monthly donation of $25 guarantees you first notification of special events, and half price entry into the Museum for you and your guest.
ALLY: $120 OR $10 MONTHLY
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The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, in partnership with the Westside Gazette, presents, Saving Grace, a new, multimedia exhibit confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Black community. (Go to this South Florida Gay News link to read Westside Gazette publisher Bobby Henry’s letter discussing how this partnership came about.)
This exhibit first opened with a reception on April 28, 2016, at the Old Dillard Museum in Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk district. Five members of the Black HIV/AIDS Community were honored with the Saving Grace Award, sponsored by Vitas Healthcare. Click here to see photos from the opening reception. Read Yolonda Reed’s article about the Saving Grace Award recipients in the Westside Gazette and see Phillip Valys’ essay on southflorida.com.
This highly successful and much anticipated exhibit moved from the Old Dillard Museum to the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center on May 4th. Come and bear witness: Hear stories in filmed interviews from nearly twenty members of the Black community who live with or are deeply affected by HIV. Take in noted San Francisco photographer, Duane Cramer’s, photographs with more stories of nearly forty other individuals. Some are famous, some are local; some infected, some affected. The exhibit also features HIV/AIDS-inspired poetry and art by local Black artists and writers, as well as a family tree illustrating the profound and far-reaching effects of HIV/AIDS on families.
You can make a difference! Your donation helps maintain the museum and our Educational Outreach programs. We’ve come a long way in the last two years creating powerful exhibits while conducting critical HIV and STI education inside Broward public schools. We’ve reached hundreds of kids in their schools and at the museum. With Broward and Dade counties experiencing high infection rates, it’s important that we continue to both fight the stigma that stops people from testing and to encourage testing to end the epidemic. Please support these important efforts!
We are very happy to be able to share several photos from the opening night of Saving Grace: Confronting HIV/AIDS in the Black Community on April 28, 2016. Many thanks to all who contributed these photos.
A letter to South Florida Gay News from: Bobby Henry, Publisher of the Westside-Gazette Hugh G. Beswick, CEO, World AIDS Museum and Educational Center re: SAVING GRACE: the AIDS crisis in the Black Community Our meeting was serendipitous. Sheila Pettis, an Urban League Board member and Honorary Board member of …
This new group started April 15, 2016, and is a topic-driven, peer-led support group for all women infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The group meets Fridays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, 1201 NE 26th Street, Suite 111, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Food and Childcare …
Through The Window: Insight Into he Spirituality of AIDS Philadelphia artist Lois Wilson created this 12-piece exhibit as part of her work towards her doctoral degree in Art and Theology, which she received from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. She is the founder of ARTWELL, an organization that utilizes …
The Virtual Tapestry of Stories is the Museum’s audiovisual version of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. It is an interweaving of personal experiences captured in video that inspire and empower those affected by HIV/AIDS. Tapestry videos reveal the depth of impact of the myths and stigma of the disease. Tapestry fortifies our …
The Museum offers docent-guided tours of its current exhibition, the Chronology of AIDS. Tours can accommodate groups of up to ten people and it is suggested that visitors allow at least one hour to see the exhibit. If interested, please call Ed Sparan at the museum at 1-954-390-0550.