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Offline Andy Velez

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World AIDS Museum in Florida
« on: July 22, 2013, 08:39:21 AM »
           MUSEUM NEWS 
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed
Community Foundation of Broward approves $94,000 grant to WAM
The Community Foundation of Broward, has approved a $94,000 capacity building grant to the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center.  The Community Foundation's grant, from the John C. Graves Charitable Fund, will enable the museum to establish a permanent site in Broward County and enhance sustainability efforts to grow the Museum's future.
"This is a phenomenal opportunity to move the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center forward," said Steve Stagon, the museum's CEO and President of the Board.  "Our initial fundraising efforts have been highly successful and this generous contribution ensures that the museum will open in the next few months.  This first phase is part of a long range plan to develop a first class museum." 
The museum would like to express our gratitude to the Community Foundation of Broward and in particular to John C. Graves Fund advisors Dean Trantalis, Richard Salomon and Carl Trough.
WAM signs lease on new home
With the generous grant from the Community Foundation of Broward, coupled with the contributions from our many donors, the museum has signed a lease for our new home.  The museum will be located in the Wilton Station complex in Wilton Manors, FL.  We will take possession of the space this coming fall, and will begin renovations of what will become the world's first museum dedicated to documenting the history of HIV/AIDS, remembering the people who have suffered from the disease, educating people about HIV/AIDS, enlightening the world to this continuing tragedy and empowering the survivors.   

 WAM announces our new Development Consultant, Ken Stevenson
The World AIDS Museum is proud to announce that Dr. Ken Stevenson has joined the museum as our Development Consultant.  Ken previously was 
Associate Vice President of Development for the Broward College Foundation.  Ken's professional background centers on colleges, universities and not-for-profit organizations and has held positions as VP, CEO and Dean.   
Please join us in welcoming Ken to the World AIDS Museum.
WAM holds strategy meeting with Tom Sokolowski, former Director of the Warhol Museum
 This past month, the members of the WAM Board of Directors and our new Development Consultant, Dr. Ken Stevenson, participated in a 2 day strategy meeting to define the future direction of the museum, with a particular focus on the steps we need to take leading up to the museum's opening.

The meeting was led by Tom Sokolowski, former Director of Pittsburgh's world-famous Warhol Museum.  WAM's Board of Directors extends our thanks to Tom for sharing with us his vast expertise and enthusiasm for our mission.
Fundraising Update
The World AIDS Museum would like to thank the individuals who graciously donated to the museum in the past month.  In particular, we would like to recognize the following:

Benefactor ($5000-9999)
Tom Sheaffer
Founding Member ($1200-2399)
Darcy Beeman

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Re: World AIDS Museum in Florida
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2013, 10:43:36 AM »

Here's another take on it from South Florida Gay News:

Steve Stagon’s dream just got $94,000 more realistic

Almost six months after announcing non-profit incorporation and a slew of investors, Steve Stagon can now say he’ll be getting a building to house his anticipated World AIDS Museum and Educational Center.

This new accomplishment is a result of the Community Foundation of Broward’s $94,000 grant to the museum, specifically to get a home. It’s called a “capacity building grant” and Stagon is excited to use it.

“This allows us to open the first World AIDS Museum ever in the world,” Stagon told SFGN. “We have a very good idea. This is a necessary endeavor.”

In January, SFGN reported that Stagon had announced major community support for the “endeavor” and was plowing ahead with it.

At the celebratory event (hosted by Jimmy Cunningham and Tom Stravecky with food by Jason King of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, wine by Michael Iacino, and flowers by Bobby Kyser of Panache) Stagon, who was diagnosed with HIV 23 years ago, displayed his significant progress at turning his longtime dream for an AIDS museum into a reality for Wilton Manors.  Having managed the complex challenges of 501c3 incorporation, and having enlisted the support, partnership and funding of community leaders, Stagon led an enthusiastic crowd through a sampling of proposed displays, and through an outline of the structure and purpose of the museum.

Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis, one of the advisors on giving out the hefty grant, said the money is important for preserving the history of HIV/AIDS.

“It is a bold undertaking,” he said, “but the challenge is well-placed in the hands of the Museum’s board.”

Stagon told SFGN that this is phase one of the endeavor to open the museum on Wilton Drive, and hopes to do so by the end of 2013. While he has a spot in mind for the museum, Stagon didn’t want to share where it is exactly because it’s still being negotiated.

However, while he had hoped to create five galleries for the museum, the January plans he had set forward won’t be coming to full fruition.

“We’re not going to be able to do all five galleries,” Stagon told SFGN. “We can probably do one of them. This will be the first phase of what will be a first-class museum.”

Those five initially proposed galleries (from SFGN’s January coverage):

The first gallery would contain a chronological timeline of events that would tell the story of AIDS in a way that would make the visitor relive the impact of the disease or experience it deeply for the first time. One of the sample displays unveiled at the announcement was a collection of magazine covers about HIV/AIDS. This gallery would emphasize the importance of telling the history of AIDS honestly rather than through the discolored words of anti-gay religious leaders such as Pat Buchanan and Jerry Falwell.

The second gallery would accomplish the task of turning the numbers into names with the inclusion of the stories of celebrities including Rock Hudson, Liberace, Freddie Mercury and allies Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana. New locally made panels for the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt would be displayed at the museum before being added to the quilt, and recorded personal vocal histories might be an interactive aspect of this gallery.

The third gallery would provide the visitor with medical information about the disease.

The fourth gallery would enlighten the visitor about the stigma, criminalization and negative stereotypes of the disease.  A sample exhibit for this gallery on display at the announcement was a sculpture by Ed Sparan titled 10 Year Ribbon composed entirely of pill bottles representing ten years of HIV medications taken daily.

The fifth gallery would provide information about ways to bring people living with HIV/AIDS back into society and restore them to productive and satisfying lives.

All of these galleries will materialize with time, Stagon said. Adding optimism to the cause is the grant he got. Having applied for just a $20,000 grant, it was quite a surprise to get almost five times that amount.

“They said that $20,000 wasn’t going to do anything and that they wanted to get us financially secured – to get us up and running,” Stagon told SFGN.

Stagon started the museum in Sept. 2011, a brainchild of Pozitive Attitudes, a support group for HIV-positive people.

For more information, go to worldaidsmuseum.org.
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Re: World AIDS Museum in Florida
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2013, 10:58:51 AM »
What great news and idea!!!
I'm looking forward to seeing it come to life. :)
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Re: World AIDS Museum in Florida
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2013, 12:44:58 PM »
I know Steve, the founder, he's a really nice guy, he hosts the local HIV support group on Wednesday evenings at 7PM in Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale, FL area) at the Pride Center.  If  anyone is ever in town or visiting they are welcome to stop by. 
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Re: World AIDS Museum in Florida
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013, 10:24:33 PM »
Wow!  This is great news.

Thanks for posting!


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Re: World AIDS Museum in Florida
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2013, 08:45:19 AM »
David Friedland who is a prime mover in making the Museum happen is looking for donations of memorabilia (and $ donations too of course) such as posters, photos etc. which can be used for display.

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Re: World AIDS Museum in Florida
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2013, 08:54:49 AM »
Thanks for the post Andy -
I am going to reach out to them and see if that might want some pro bono grant work to help secure additional funding....

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Re: World AIDS Museum in Florida
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2013, 12:57:35 PM »
That would be great, Phil. I know David will be happy just hearing from you and other voices as he works to build this.
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