Chuck Panozzo of STYX Visits WAM…

Chuck Panozzo at the World AIDS Museum and Educational Ceneter 4Recently, Chuck Panozzo, of the well known rock group, Styx, visited the World AIDS Museum & Educational Center and had a conversation with our CEO. In his own personal and open way, Chuck told us that he learned a lot here but also that he confronted fear and found freedom. Watch the video and hear for yourself.

Afterwards, consider supporting out mission that Chuck talks about by making a donation here.

“I promise that your donation will make a difference in many lives.” – Chuck

Fight Stigma

This is Mr. Friendly. He was created by Dave Watt to help us fight stigma of HIV.
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Education Outreach Update, May 2017

This past December, WAM CEO Hugh Beswick addressed the Broward County School Board on the state of HIV education in Broward County Schools. Along with HIV/STI facts-based education, Beswick emphasized the need for powerful dialogue which engages students in confronting their own fears and biases so that they become willing to make healthy sex and needle choices. In partnership with  the Diversity, Prevention and Intervention Group of Broward county Schools (DPI), we have introduced “In Ctrl-Educated Choices,” a facts-based education program that delivers preventative tools to make informed sexual decisions. Students learn exactly how HIV/STI infections occur and how to avoid infection.

Education committee and training staff — Hugh Beswick, Gary McCarthy, Jeff Banning, Ari Sumargo, Todd Fogel, Marvin Shaw, Ed Sparan and Marc Paige — have taught about 4,000 students to date. Continues in adjacent post.

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Education Outreach Update (continued)

WAM stigma workshop Cocunut Creek High School health fair 04-28-17Todd Fogel designed a second offering, “Stigma Elimination,” in late 2016. This offering makes WAM one of very few organizations to pair the combating of stigma with HIV/STI educational content. Our conversational-based process challenges students to address their own biases as well as to commit to make choices that will enhance their sexual and emotional health.

Our Education Committee is currently working on a strategic plan to identify the next areas of educational focus. Ideas include expansion into Miami Dade and Palm Beach counties, creating on-line outreach to smaller communities without HIV educational resources. A final reccomendation of “next steps” will be presented to the museum Board in May.

An Evening with Larry Kramer

The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center Presents an enlightening conversation with ACT UP founder, HIV activist, and author Larry Kramer on the 30th Anniversary of ACT UP. Larry was interviewed by friend and award-winning author Kevin Sessums at The Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 10, 2017. The video begins with a montage of images of of AIDS activism over the years.

Larry Kramer Praises World AIDS Museum

Noted author, activist, and co-founder of ACT UP, Larry Kramer, enjoyed a tour of the World AIDS Museum on March 9th and held a book signing for his latest book, The American People. Read what he had to say about the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center. Mr. Kramer again praised the museum during his interview with Kevin Sessums at Sunshine Cathedral on March 10th. Hear his comments in the video below.

 

Discussing Stigma in Schools

WAM discusses stigma with students at Deerfield Beach High School as part of our Educational Outreach. For additional information, click here. More photos here.

WILTON LIVE! Presents: Florida AIDS Walk 2017

March 19th was a bright, sunny Sunday with perfect temperatures and a massive turnout for the 2017 Florida AIDS Walk. The walk kicked of from South Beach Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Join Bobby Tee as he talks to participants of the Walk. This annual event was a huge success raising more than 1.5 million dollars!  Happy Hineys/World AIDS Museum exceeded their goal as well. See our team at 0.44. See our pics here.

Homestead Hospital First to Routinely Screen

“As the first hospital in the state [Florida] to implement these routine HIV and HCV screenings, Homestead Hospital is a trailblazer in Florida,” said Lillian Rivera, R.N., Ph.D., administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. “Homestead Hospital’s leadership is helping to change the landscape of this public health epidemic by reaching these patients through routine screenings.”  Read more.

2017 HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

POZ 2017 Awareness Days posterPOZ Magazine has printed it’s annual HIV/AIDS awareness days poster as a fold-out in it’s Jan/Feb 2017 print edition. The poster is a tool to “help to educate the public in general and specific groups in particular about HIV/AIDS. Since the virus affects people from all walks of life, awareness days have increased over the years.” We have marked these days on our calendar and suggest other HIV/AIDS organizations do the same.

Saving Grace Opening Slideshow

We are very happy to share a photo slideshow from the opening of Saving Grace: HIV/AIDS in the Black Community. This very special event opened to an enthusiastic audience at the Old Dillard Museum in the Sistrunk neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale.  More pictures: click here.

We Invite You to Become a Charter Club Member!


About the Charter Club:

 

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.

Learn about the Charter Club levels, click here.

Clicking the “Join Now” button below will take you to a page where you can select one of the two payment plan options under your preferred level. If you have questions or would like to pay us over the phone, please call us at (954) 390-0550 and ask for Ed Sparan.

 

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Charter Club Levels



AMBASSADOR: $1200 OR $100 MONTHLY

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.

ADVOCATE: $600 OR $50 MONTHLY
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.

ASSOCIATE: $300 OR $25 MONTHLY
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
Your monthly donation of $10 grants you current email updates, and also first to know about upcoming events.

Clicking the “Join Now” button below will take you to a page where you can select one of the two payment plan options under your preferred level. If you have questions or would like to pay us over the phone, please call us at (954) 390-0550 and ask for Ed Sparan.
 
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Take a Guided Tour!

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The Museum offers docent-guided tours of its signature exhibit, the Chronology of AIDS. We can accommodate groups both big and small. Our Museum Manager, Ed Sparan, can make arrangements for any size. Allow at least one hour for the tour and more time to explore the art, other standing exhibits and temporary exhibits, multimedia and interactive displays.  Schedule a tour by calling Ed Sparan at the museum at (954) 390-0550.

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The Virtual Tapestry of Stories

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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 understanding of the human consequences of the pandemic. The videos were made by our collaborator, Community of Lights . You can view the complete playlist here or find it among the Created playlists on our YouTube channel.

CALL Ed Sparan at (954) 390-0550 TO SCHEDULE A FILMED INTERVIEW.

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