It feels like just yesterday when I stood in front of a room full of loved ones to explain my grand vision for the nonprofit I founded called “Not Equal To.” The nonprofit had a mission to unite the HIV community that, in my opinion, has divided itself into categories for way too long. Throughout the course a year, the board of directors and I actively worked on creating an HIV pageant, an HIV social media platform, a national HIV support system, and an HIV art project. While working on four projects was ambitious and labor intensive we were able to see terrific progress in our endeavors. The only problem was that each project was competing for the same amount of attention and funds inevitably slowing down the timeline for our master plan. So we joined forces with Gwyneth Lloyd, a strategic planning facilitator, to create our three-year strategic plan.
Introducing The Museum of HIV AIDS Art
With the guidance of Gwyneth, a former executive with over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, the board of directors decided to focus its efforts into a single master project that could create the most impact in the HIV community. We will be changing our name from “Not Equal To” to “The Museum of HIV > AIDS Art” and focusing our efforts on using art to unite all HIV communities. While it saddens me just a little to see three of my projects go, I know that in the end, it is what’s best for the organization to be able to fulfill its vision, mission, and purpose. With the help of the community, I hope to see this project grow into a gathering place, a catalyst for change, and a center of creativity. I envision being able to display and interpret all aspects of HIV/AIDS-related visual arts in ways that relate to the past, the present, and the future.
What to Expect Moving Forward
On Saturday, April 20, 2019, we will be embarking on part two of our strategic planning session with Gwyneth where we will create our three-year strategic plan. We will be working hard to bring our (preliminary) mission: To inspire people, young and old, to embrace the current landscape of the global HIV epidemic through its stories of human tragedies, voices of hope, and impact on peoples lives and (preliminary) vision: To engage and to inspire people to start critical conversations on issues surrounding HIV that affect our nation and the world to life. I encourage you to visit our work-in-progress website www.mohaa.org and start preparing yourself for this new venture. I look forward to sharing our progress in this new chapter of our nonprofit in the near future!