Past Events

Past Events

WAM Films

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!  Photos here.

Erik Lowman, M.D.

Erik Lowman, M.D.

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.


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.

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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.

See dozens of great photos  from the evening on AHF’s Flickr page or read the review of the evening from SFGN.   Photos from volunteers and attendees are heremichael_weinstein_righteous_rebels_book_launch


ribbon-youthRibbons for the Children, Youth Art Exhibit and Opening Reception

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.

More photos from this event here, courtesy of SFGN and photographer Carina Mask.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).


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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.


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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


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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.

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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.


Two-Year Anniversary!WAM Two Year Anniversary

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

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April 28, 2016

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 The exhibit has moved to the World AIDS Museum and will be there May 4th – July 30, 2016.

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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.

The program was provided in part with funds from The Broward County Cultural Arts Council, Aids Healthcare Foundation and the Florida Department of Health.

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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!”



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March 20, 2016

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.

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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!


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February 20, 2016

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.


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December 2, 2015

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.

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November 20, 2015

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.

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Oct. 17, 2015

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.

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Talkin’ T: Heels & Ties Grand ReceptionHEEL INVITE

October 16, 2015

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. ( 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.

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Broward High School AIDS Awareness Art Contest"Save Us, Help Us" embedded on ribbon across his face.

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.

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April-May 2015

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.

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AACOM Group Tour

Apr. 23, 2015

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.


American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine goup visit and donation

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine goup visit and donation





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