About Us
WHO WE ARE


We are a museum and educational center that is open to the public to visit, explore and enjoy. We offer guided docent tours on request. In our main gallery is the CHRONOLOGY OF AIDS, which is the history of HIV and AIDS. We have a small art gallery, multimedia, and artifacts that offer though-provoking and heartwarming art experiences.

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HOW WE CAME TO BE


The idea for the World AIDS Museum grew out of the Fort Lauderdale based group, POZitive Attitudes, a topic driven support group for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.. Steve Stagon, the facilitator, who would later become the Museum’s founder, started creating historical HIV/AIDS exhibits as topics for the group. In the early days, these were displayed at the Pride Center of South Florida. and Blanche Ely High School. Other members of the Pozitive Attitudes group showed interest and on September 20, 2011, the World AIDS Museum was incorporated as a non-profit organization and later was determined as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2013. The Museum opened its doors on May 15, 2014.

WHY SOUTH FLORIDA?


Our region is the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the state of Florida—a state that was among the original epicenters of the HIV pandemic in the US along with the states of New York and California. Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties have consistently had the highest rates of new high HIV diagnoses in the US since 2015.

STAFF PROFILES

Jessica Reimers - Executive Director WAM
JESSICA REIMERS

EXECUTIVE

DIRECTOR

Tracy Vertus Director Of Education WAM
TRACY VERTUS

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Jessica Reimers - Executive Director WAM
REBECCA FREEMAN

CONTRACTED

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

JULIO VASQUEZ
JULIO VASQUEZ

MUSEUM

ASSISTANT

MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER, STEVE STAGON


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.

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Our Mission is to promote dialogue that eliminates HIV/AIDS stigma through education, artistic expression, and cultural programming.

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Can Community Health
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The Campbell Foundation Funding AIDS Research


Scott L. Bennett Charitable Fund at Our Fund


The Stan Roller Charitable Fund at Our Fund

BOARD MEMBERS


Julie Williamson-Bresset - Chair

 

Will Spencer - Past Chair


William Green - Treasurer

 

Steve Stagon - Co-Founder of WAM

 

Eva Del Calzo - Secretary

 

Mark Francis


Barb Muhammad Sharief

 

Ligia DiNallo

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