An Evening with Cleve Jones
Friday, November 10, 2017, 8:00 – 10:00pm at The Sunshine Cathedral
Additionally, The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center (WAM) was proud to present its “Unity In Diversity” Award to Jasmin Shirley for her continuous support and relentless dedication within communities affected by HIV/AIDS and for providing a pathway to quality healthcare for those most vulnerable.
Original Press Release here.
Tuesday, October 24 7:00–8:30pm at the museum
Black people comprise 13% of the US population, yet represent 43% of new HIV cases. Why? It didn’t start out that way. Community members came out and along with the panelists discussed the Impact of HIV Stigma on the Black Community in South Florida.
World AIDS Museum CEO, Hugh Beswick, noted at the start of the event that there are dozens of Holocaust museums worldwide, but only one World AIDS Museum – “this little space.” Nonetheless, this little space was filled with the voices of a community that will not remain silent and which spoke out with passion.
The panelists and attendees engaged in vital conversation with so many important points. Photos here.
Confidential HIV rapid testing was available. Light refreshments and snacks were provided.
Friday, October 20, 7:00pm 2017 at the museum
A popular high school girl wrestles with the possibility she may be HIV-positive after learning that her recently deceased boyfriend was an IV drug user who was apparently infected with the virus.
Screening admission is always free but a $5 donation would be much appreciated
Film Screening: Theo & Hugo
Friday, September 22, 2017 at the museum
PrEP (Pre-Exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (Post-Exposure prophylaxis) are introduced in the plot of this French film, directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau. Theo and Hugh meet each other in a sex club in Paris, have unprotected sex and deal with the consequences in light of today’s medicines.
Screening admission is always free but a $5 donation would be much appreciated.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7 – 8:30pm
How are youth aged 13–29 uniquely impacted by the HIV epidemic? What can we learn from young adults that can inform our understanding of how to better engage millennials in prevention and stigma reduction efforts?
Panelists will share from their personal and professional experiences and take Q&A with participants. We will also explore how the intersections of race and ethnic background, socioeconomic status, addiction, gender, and orientation contribute to differing HIV awareness, prevention, and treatment experiences. You Are Invited!
Confidential HIV rapid testing will be available. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Friday, August 18, 2017 at the museum
Making the Boys is a documentary which describes the making of the play and film by the same name, The Boys in The Band. It is a brilliant portrayal of the production of both the groundbreaking film and the play. Making the Boys looks at the huge mainstream reaction to the play and film which opened in 1968. Gay stereotypes abound and tragically, five of the original performers as well as the first director and producer, all eventually died of AIDS long after the play ran. A fascinating part of history! See Playbill’s STAGE TO SCREENS article about it here.
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the museum
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the museum
Community turned out for this special discussion on masculinity where the labels and pressures society places on men were covered and a short film of men discussing their personal stories and struggles was shown.
HEALING STIGMA THROUGH COMMUNITY & EMPOWERMENT
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the museum
Community turned out for this interactive educational dialogue that featured a varied panel of heartfelt guest speakers sharing their journeys from substance abuse, HIV infection/affection, healing, and transformation. Speakers addressed how they deal with multiple societal stigmas, including HIV status, orientation, and gender transitioning. Complimentary refreshments were provided as well as free and confidential HIV/STD testing and recovery resources.
When Ocean Meets Sky
Friday, July 21, 2017 at the museum
When Ocean Meets Sky (2003) is A colorful look at Fire Island Pines and the gay community that gathers there every summer. From its founding 65 years ago, to the present day, this community has seen the beginning of gay liberation, the sexual revolution, the AIDS crisis and today’s GLBTQ challenges. When Ocean Meets Sky is much more than a film about Fire Island history; it tackles big questions: How do/did GLBTQ people go about defining themselves in a hostile world? How did we get this way? How did the AIDS crisis change everyone’s perspective? Where is the GLBTQ community going now? Don’t miss this fascinating film!
Among the commentators in the film: Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Broadway tunesmith Jerry Herman, playwright Mart Crowley (“The Boys in the Band”) and writer-activist Larry Kramer.
Additionally, Dino Georgiou who is featured in the film, was the long-time president of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Community Center and is a founder of Sunserve, will introduce the film at the museum and host conversation following it!
Friday, June 30 at the museum
Wigstock: The Movie is a 1995 documentary film focusing on Wigstock, the annual drag music festival that had been held in New York City’s East Village in the 1980’s and 90’s. The film presents a number of performances from the 1994 festival, including Crystal Waters, Dee-Lite, Jackie Beat, Debbie Harry, The DualBackheads, and others. The Film also captures a performance by RuPaul at the height of his fame in the 1990’s. Screenings are free but, as always, a $5 donation is appreciated!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the museum
An important evening discussion of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa took place this evening as Hilary McQuie of HEALTH GAP, a New York City-based HIV/AIDS Activist organization presented. Africa is the current “ground zero” for HIV infections (70% of those currently infected reside there) and is coping with a pandemic. McQuie discussed what is happening in Africa and why Florida voices can help to make a difference. Following a historical overview of the global response to the epidemic in Africa, McQuie discussed the funding gap in global AIDS work that persists. She and her colleagues at Health GAP work to end the 7 billion dollar gap between funding and need. About 80 percent of all people with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa. Globally, about 51 percent of all people with HIV still lack access to treatment.”
More to follow here; please check back.
Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:00 pm
For this edition of our monthly film series held at the museum, we showed the 2008 feature-length documentary, Every Little Step. The film chronicled the casting process of the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line with re-created choreography by the original director, Michael Bennett‘s long-time associate Baayork Lee. In the course of the film, the saga of the original production was also re-told through the use of old film clips and revealing interviews from the original collaborators, including Lee, Bob Avian(who was the show’s original co-choreographer with Bennett and the director of the revival), composer Marvin Hamlisch and the original’s leading lady, Donna McKechnie.
Michael Bennett died from AIDS-related lymphoma at the age of 44. He left a portion of his estate to fund research to fight the pandemic. His memorial service took place at the Shubert Theatre in New York City (the home at that time of A Chorus Line) on September 29, 1987 – four years to the day that A Chorus Line had become the longest running show in Broadway history. For that record-breaking performance in 1983, Bennett assembled over 300 current and former cast members and created an unforgettable evening of theatre, where the actors from various companies of the show tag-teamed the entire performance. The evening concluded with an incredible finale, with hundreds of Chorus Line alums filling the Shubert Theatre for “One” amazing singular sensation. To view it, click here. Also, in 2015, the New York Post printed this excerpt from their theater columnist Michael Riedel’s book, “Razzle Dazzle,” which provides great background on Mr. Bennett and the show.
(This description largely taken from online sources Wikipedia and YouTube.)
Monday, May 22, 2017 at Bona Italian Restaurant
The World AIDS Museum family celebrated our 3rd Anniversary with dinner at Bona Italian Restaurant in Wilton Manors! The Celebration was also a fundraiser as the restaurant graciously donated a portion to the evening’s dinner sales to the museum. Many thanks to Bona and to all who dined out on our behalf. Check out the gallery of photos at Mark’s List!
(Reservation recommended, directions/phone here).
Admission is always free but a $5.00 donation would be much appreciated!
Keith Haring Film, Wine and Cheese, Discussion
Film: “Drawing Between the Lines”
WAM film night at the museum featured the Keith Haring documentary film, “Drawing Between the Lines,” along with wine, cheese and discussion. The work of Keith Haring can be seen today in exhibitions and collections of major museums around the world and we were fortunate to have several pieces of his original work on display until May 15, 2017.
“By expressing universal concepts of birth, death, love, sex and war, using a primacy of line and directness of message, Haring was able to attract a wide audience and assure the accessibility and staying power of his imagery, which has become a universally recognized visual language of the 20th century…”
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Before an overflow crowd, the museum held a special screening of the film, “Thicker Than Blood” at 8pm. The film concerns the uncovering of family secrets when Jordan returns home for an affair celebrating his brother’s success. The producer’s objective in making the film was “to spread awareness and to eliminate stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.” A great description of the project can be found here.
Similar to other screenings, discussion followed this screening which took place at the museum. Jacari Green, founder and CEO of BLACC and the Community Mobilizer for AHF both addressed the attendees about issues raised by the film. More photos here.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Hey everyone! Monas‘ Annual St. Paddy’s Day Celebration was a happening in and of itself, and WAM joined the party this year! Featuring Cory’s Corn Beef and Cabbage and more, this party was a fundraiser that benefited our 2017 Florida AIDS Walk team, Happy Hineys! Food was served, pledge sheets and buckets were passed around for donations and a good time was had by all!
Mona’s is located at 502 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Sunday, March 19, 2017
We partnered again with our Board Member Dr. Elie Schochet’s group “Happy Hineys” for the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival held on Sunday March 19th, 2017. Our Team was the “Happy Hineys / World AIDS Museum” team. The Happy Hineys name was created by Dr. Schochet as he is a colorectal surgeon and has helped many people to ensure their hiney is happy! WAM has been in operation since May 14th of 2014 and has made great progress educating the community. We are teaching HIV Education courses at Broward County Schools in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area and we are hoping to expand our education this year with additional funding. More pics here.
The walk commenced from South Beach Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach and the concert followed.
Exhibit Opening: AIDS Crisis in America: 30 Years of ACT UP – A Convergence of Disease, Art and Human Resilience
March 8, 2017
The exhibit, running for eight weeks at WAM and several other venues throughout Fort Lauderdale, includes controversial artwork, film and photography which document the 30-year history of ACT UP, the primary organization behind political and social responses to the AIDS pandemic. The opening inaugurated a three-day series of events. Larry Kramer – an influential AIDS activist, Academy Award Nominee, author of the frequently-produced play and TV drama The Normal Heart, and numerous books and other plays – played a key role in two of the events on March 9th and 10th.
March 9, 2017
The three-day series kicked off with a book-signing party featuring Mr. Kramer.
Mr. Kramer praised the museum and signed some of his thought-provoking books: The Tragedy of Today’s Gays; Women in Love and Other Dramatic Writings; Reports From
the Holocaust: The Making of an AIDS Activist; Faggots and The American People: Volume 1; Search For My Heart.
March 10, 2017 at Sunshine Cathedral
Mr. Kramer discussed HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ evolution over 35 years as Kevin Sessums, past contributing editor to Vanity Fair and author of the NYT best-selling, Mississippi Sissy, interviewed him at Sunshine Cathedral.
The three day events conclude with…
March 11, 2017
WAM and The Stonewall Museum co-sponsored this all-day Poz Millennials Symposium featuring a panel of influential people involved in AIDS crisis activism during the past 30 years. The Museum is under its second annual contract to provide educational programming on HIV and sexually transmitted diseases to the Broward County School District.
Friday, February 24
For this edition of our monthly film series held at the museum (usually the 3rd Friday) , we decided to kick off our upcoming celebration of the 30th anniversary of ACT UP. We presented director and writer Jim Hubbard’s 2012 film, “United In Anger: A History of ACT UP.”
Utilizing oral histories of early ACT UP members, along with rare archival footage, the film depicts the work of ACT UP as it battled corporate greed, social indifference and government neglect. With a robust community turnout, brief comments and discussion followed.
The 2nd Annual Broward County High School AIDS Awareness Art Contest Party!
Friday, December 16, 2016
The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center held the 2nd Annual Broward County High School AIDS Awareness Art Contest Opening Party and Celebration.
We honored high school artists for their art work, served refreshments and announced of the winners!
See more photos here!
Is A Cure For HIV Just Around The Corner? How Close Are We To A Cure?
Presented by Erik Lowman, M.D.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
HIV/AIDS has struck almost 80 million people, half of whom have died. Just how close to a cure are we? Dr. Lowman spoke at length to a large crowd and took questions.
ABOUT DR. LOWMAN:
Dr Erik Lowman is dual board certified in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine. He joined Midland Medical Center in October of 2016, moving back to South Florida from Chicago with his husband, Peter Hammer, and their 2 children, Olive and Rose. He went to Nova Southeastern Osteopathic Medical School, did his internal medicine residency at University of Florida Jacksonville and his infectious disease fellowship at Rush University.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), hosted the release of Patrick Range McDonald’s book, “Righteous Rebels, AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Crusade to Change the World,” at the museum. The turn out was a wonderful as about 60 people came to hear Mr. Weinstein and Mr. McDonald discuss AHF’s history, the book and to buy signed editions. AHF is the world’s largest HIV/AIDS medical care provider, operating in 38 countries and tending to over 670,000 patients. Learn more about the book or purchase it here.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Talented local young people commemorated World AIDS Day with personal art and the World AIDS Museum showcased their work. As part of this special event, the museum honored Mr. Bobby Henry, Publisher of the Westside-Gazette.
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
This past August, the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center initiated a monthly film series. Under the guidance of Fred Phillips and Dale Thome, each offering has been carefully selected to portray the many dimensions of the HIV/AIDS story. All are fascinating, enlightening, and entertaining. Please join us the 3rd Friday of the month (usually) at the museum for a film, refreshments, and thought-provoking conversation.
Click here for the rest of the schedule and titles.
Going on Safari: Alibi Annual Turnabout Fundraiser
Monday, September 12, 2016
This great party at Alibi in Wilton Manors benefited the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center. A silent auction began the proceedings at 7:30pm followed by a showtime at 9:00pm. There was no admission charge, food was provided along with entertainment by the staff!
“Saving Grace” Screening in Ft. Lauderdale
Friday, August 29th, 2016
Last Friday night, AHF South collaborated with the Broward County Task Force and the World AIDS Museum & Educational Center for a screening of “Saving Grace” at the Northwest Gardens MegaPhone in Fort Lauderdale.
WAM Films Series: Pedro
Friday, August 19th, 7:00PM
The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, under the guidance of Fred Phillips and Dale Thome, initiated a monthly film series beginning in August 2016. Each offering has been carefully selected to portray the many dimensions of the HIV/AIDS story. All are fascinating, enlightening, and entertaining and each film is accompanied by refreshments and thought-provoking conversation.
Click here for the rest of the schedule and titles.
Friday, July 8, 6:00 PM
The movie BUDDIES is a 1985 film about the buddy system during the 1980s AIDS epidemic. A volunteer Carl becomes friends with an AIDS patient in St. Vincent’s Hospital. A simple, powerful, and historically compelling story. This was the first film to deal with the AIDS pandemic in the early 1980s, preceding An Early Frost (1985) by two months, according to the International Movie Data Base (IMDB).
Saturday, July 9th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Meet and greet with the artist of our 12-piece exhibit, Through The Window: Insight Into he Spirituality of AIDS. Lois Wilson will be at the museum Saturday, July 8th to talk about the exhibit which was part of her work toward a doctoral degree in Art and Theology. was originally a dissertation exhibit. Lois is the founder of ARTWELL, an organization that utilizes creative and performing arts as therapeutic outlets for individuals with HIV/AIDS.
July 3, 2016
“Today The world AIDS Museum and Educational Center’s film “Saving Grace” about HIV epidemic in the black community showed at the “Filmed in Broward County” event at Cinema Paradiso with a question and answer session afterward. It was so exciting to see our 20 minute film on the big screen in a movie theater. I am so proud of executive producer and CEO of the museum, Hugh Beswick, for creating this important story and education piece.” – Jeff Banning, President, World AIDS Museum
June 18 and 19, 2016
We’re had two events on this weekend. On Saturday June 18th, the museum closed early and volunteers joined Operations Manager, Ed Sparan, and Board President, Jeff Banning, in manning our Educational Booth at Wilton Manors Stonewall Street Festival. During the six hours we distributed over 1,000 information cards and held several dozen conversations all many festival attendees. Click here for pictures.
The Following day, Sunday, Jun 19th, we celebrated Father’s Day with a mixer at the museum from 4pm to 6pm with live music by Tom Menninger. Visitors and friends enjoyed beer, wine and light snacks while socializing and exploring the exhibits, and Operations Manager, Ed Sparan, provided this live video tour for our Periscope followers. Click here for pictures.
May 15, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016, was the 2nd Anniversary of The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, the only Museum dedicated exclusively to the pandemic of HIV / AIDS. We thank everyone who helped us with their time, monetary donations and partnerships. You have enabled us to thrive in just two years, so thank you! Jeff Banning, Chairman of the Board
Saving Grace: HIV in the Black Community opened with a reception April 28, 2016, with approximately 200 attendees at the Old Dillard Museum in Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk district. Attendees enjoyed food and light beverages and then took in poetry, slide-shoes, photographs and art exhibits. Attendees then headed to the auditorium for the premier of this moving film in which several people who live with or are deeply affected by HIV share their stories. Following the film presentation, five members of the Black HIV/AIDS Community were honored with the Saving Grace Award, sponsored by Vitas Healthcare. (More information coming.) Click here to learn more about this special multi-media exhibition. 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. The exhibit has moved to the World AIDS Museum and will be there May 4th – July 30, 2016.
Free Educational Seminar
April 15 and 22, 2016
As the only museum dedicated exclusively to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the World AIDS Museum documents and remembers its history and empowers its survivors. As an Educational Center, we educate and enlighten the community. On April 15 and 22, 2016, we held a special, free educational seminar to members of the medical, health and fitness communities at the museum. Our educators conducted a one-hour presentation about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and HIV. Attendees enjoyed snacks and light beverages and took in our exhibits.
March 24, 2016
A trio of one-act plays by Harvey Fierstein, Safe Sex premiered on Broadway in 1987. A staged reading of the play was performed at the World AIDS Museum on March 24th, 2016 – an event made possible by a grant from the Broward County Cultural Arts Commission. Museum operations manager and cast member, Ed Sparan, posted on social media, “To the cast of Safe Sex, you are all so talented and I am honored to have been able to work with you on this project. Our stage reading of Safe Sex was a sucess and the audience was completely entertained and enthralled. Its wonderful people like you that help us make a difference! Thank You!”
The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center partnered this year with Dr. Elie Schochet’s team “Happy Hineys” for the 2016 Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival. The Walk occurred on Sunday March 20th. The music artist was FLO RIDA who was a blast! It was a great day with friends and the more than $15,000 raised was matched by AHF with all funds from this team benefiting the museum. Pics here.
February 26-March 25, 2016
On Friday, March 4th, representatives from the World AIDS Museum & Educational Center attended a special, new event at Club One Athletics called, “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.” It is a members-only competition, party and local-charity fundraiser on Fridays from 6-9 p.m., February 26 through March 25. Each week, a different non-profit benefits.
Owner, Chase Brendle, emceed the event and Ty Eriks, founder of Gulf Stream Brewery, provided complimentary beer. The event also featured chiropractic, costumes, raffle prizes, a silent auction, DJ and music — and of-course, athletic competition including a Cross-Fit competition between teams, each made up of men and women. Three representatives from the World AIDS Museum were on hand to answer questions. Several announcements were made encouraging donations. The event raised roughly $1,000.00 for the museum and it’s programs!
We were honored to be one of the beneficiaries of this great event and hope to participate again!
On Saturday, February 20, 2016, the World AIDS Museum presented the 2016 Humanitarian Award to Glen Weinzimer, Founder of The SMART Ride.
This special event was held at the beautiful Las Olas home of museum supporters, Eindar Khant and Dixan Gonzalez. A testament to Glen, event sold out quickly. All ticket sales benefited the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center for which we are very grateful.
More photos here.
“A HUGE thank you to the World AIDS Museum & Educational Center and all SMART Ride’rs that came out last Saturday for the Presentation of the Humanitarian award to me. Unfortunately as many of you know, I wasn’t there! It is very weird to have so many people come out, spend money and then not show, but the FLU, got the best of me and knocked me out for a good 6 days. Now that I’m back up and playing in the sandbox, I wanted to thank all of you who supported me, sent notes and ultimately made a donation to the World AIDS Museum to help them with their mission. I am eternally grateful to John Ramus, for hosting the evening and Stacy Hyde and Keith Willard for representing me. Thank you everyone who showed that evening from Marcia Chaves to Richard Paull, from Seth Leverence & Prudence Janssen Leverence to Laura Emery and Dean Trantalis. Not to forget Marie Brown Hayes and Ana Faes, Geph Scarr & Sergio Medina, Timothy Hart , Chris Christopher Dunham, Irwin Drucker, Michael Goodman and the list goes on of gratitude. I’m very blessed and appreciative.” – Glen Weinzimer via Facebook.
This youth art exhibit featured talented, local young artists honoring World AIDS Day through their own artistic interpretations. The event was free and open to the public and coordinated with Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center. Another picture here.
Over 127 visitors came out on a Friday night to experience “OWNING UP” on it’s opening night. This powerful and moving multimedia exhibit tells the stories of HIV+ Millennials facing the HIV/AIDS epidemic through portraits and their own words. Our guests this evening enjoyed the opportunity to meet some of the inspiring young people who are part of this ground breaking presentation. More pictures from this event are in the Exhibit Openings gallery and video remarks are here.
On Friday, October 17, 2015, Mr. Paul Galluccio graciously opened his penthouse to the guests and members of the Worlds AIDS Museum & Educational Center for a fundraising event. “The Party is On” was a fun evening that included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment by the talented drag performers of Lips restaurant, all while helping to fund our mission. Mr. Galluccio, museum staff, volunteers and some of our sponsors truly made it a successful event. More photos in the Fundraising Photo gallery here.
A unique art project on November 16, 2015, ‘Heels and Ties to Heaven’ was for the transgender community to remember those that have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Many people came out for the event, both trans and non. Representatives from Care Resource, which does outreach, HIV/STI screening and case management, was on hand as well. (According to the CDC, Transgender communities in the United States are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection. (Mic.com and HIV Plus Magazine reports the World Health Organization analyzed data from 15 countries, finding transgender women nearly 49 times more likely than the general population to contract HIV.) The community event featured remarks by several members of the local Transgender community as well as a dance performance. More about this exhibit here. More photos in the Exhibit Openings Photo gallery here.
May 8, 2015
We inaugurated our new art gallery space in the museum with a Broward High School Art competition for AIDS/HIV awareness. Lynne Warrick, of theLynne Warrick Institute, organized the art contest for Broward High School. On May 8, first, second and third place winners were announced at the museum. Each winner was awarded a certificate and a prize. The works remained on display through May 31, 2015. See more photos in Exhibit Openings Photo gallery here. Artist, blogger and friend of the museum, Yvette Michele, was one of the judges.
The museum conducted a two six-week workshops on Thursday evenings in the Spring of 2015. Anyone who had lost a loved one to AIDS was invited to come learn how to create a panel to be added to the AIDS Memorial Quilt, or to keep. Artists were on hand to assist with design and supplies. Participants were invited to explore the museum’s exhibits, including our interactive Quilt touch screen monitor to learn more about how the history of the quilt.
AACOM Group Tour
Several members from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) were in Ft. Lauderdale for a conference and visited the museum on April 23, 2015. The group enjoyed the exhibits, discussion, refreshments and pastries and then presented us with a lovely donation.
IF WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE A TOUR FOR YOUR GROUP, CONTACT US.