Activist, writer, playwright, co-founder of ACTUP and Gay Mens Health Crisis, Larry Kramer will be headlining a three day event opening a new exhibit at World AIDS Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 9 — 11, 2017. “An Evening with Larry Kramer” on Friday night is the centerpiece of the celebration.
“The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center (WAM) announce the opening of a major new exhibit, AIDS Crisis in America: 30 Years of ACT UP – A Convergence of Disease, Art and Human Resilience. The exhibit runs for eight weeks at WAM and several other venues throughout Fort Lauderdale. Controversial artwork, film and photography are to be featured which document the 30-year history of ACT UP, the primary organization behind political and social responses to the AIDS pandemic. We inaugurate the exhibit with a three-day series of events from March 9 to 11.”
“The World AIDS Museum idea grew out of the Fort Lauderdale based group, Pozitive Attitudes, a topic driven support group for people infected or affected by HIV. Around 2007, the facilitator of this group, Steve Stagon, started creating historical HIV/AIDS exhibits as topics for discussion. Eventually, Steve began to display these exhibits at the Pride Center of South Florida as well as at Blanche Ely High School. As HIV/AIDS exhibits by other artists had also been displayed at the Pride Center, and other members of the Pozitive Attitudes group also showed interest, the idea of a museum took hold and on September 20, 2011, the World AIDS Museum was incorporated as a non-profit organization. See examples of early exhibits displayed at a 2013 Presentation below the video.
Our mission today is to increase awareness and decrease the stigma of HIV/AIDS by Documenting, Remembering, Educating, Enlightening and Empowering.”