Press Release


Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 17, 2019 – As a lead-up to June Pride Month and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will present A Sense of Pride: Visual Activists and New Identities, a one-day symposium exploring issues within the LGBTQ+ art community. The symposium is open to the public with free admission and will include panel discussions, workshops and art performances with national and local artists, curators and activists. It takes place Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 11 AM – 5 PM at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 33301)

Speakers include: artists Roberto Juarez, Kia LaBeija, Naima Green, Roberto Navarrete, GeoVanna Gonzalez and Najja Moon; Alex Fiahlo, programs director of Visual AIDS (NY); and Requel Lopes, director of the World AIDS Museum and Education Center (Wilton Manors, FL.)

Performances will be by artists Rosemarie Romero, Roberto Navarrete and The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, call 954-262-0258 or email [email protected]. Symposium events and biographies of participants can be found at

The symposium is made possible by support from the Community Foundation of Broward. It is a signature event of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s A Sense of Pride initiative, which connects the LGBTQ+ community through programs and workshops that foster inclusion, acceptance and understanding. It is also part of the Museum’s Conni Gordon Education Series, made possible with philanthropic support from the late innovator in art education and creativity, Conni Gordon.

Symposium Schedule:

11 AM – 1 PM – Visual Activists: American Art and the AIDS Crisis
Roberto Juarez, Kia LaBeija, Alex Fiahlo, Dr. Requel Lopes
Panel discussion focusing on the role of LGBTQ+ art in America’s HIVAIDS crisis from the 1980s to the present, and how it has promoted critical awareness through visual activism.

1 – 3 PM – Performances
-Rosemarie Romero: Porn Nail$ Salon, an interactive Miami-based installation and performance project that functions as a mobile queer-feminist nail salon
-Roberto Navarrete: a ritualistic healing practice that reflects the physical, emotional, and spiritual scarring caused by global intolerance towards the LGBTQ community.
-The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus
3 – 5 PM – New Identities: Queer Black and Latin-X Artists in America
Naima Green, Roberto Navarrete, GeoVanna Gonzalez and Najja Moon
Panel discussion with artists who identify as queer individuals of color in America. Panelists will discuss issues of identity, representation and race as they pertain to their LGBTQ+ communities and experiences.
For additional information, visit or call 954-525-5500. Connect with the Museum on social media @nsuartmuseum

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s A Sense of Pride program is made possible by support from the following funds of the Community Foundation of Broward: Richard Frisby and Edward Burkhart Fund, Gay and Lesbian Broward Community Fund, The Rumbaugh Family Fund, William A. Krueger Charitable Fund, and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

Exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are made possible in part by a challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Funding is also provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale, AutoNation, Community Foundation of Broward, Funding Arts Broward, Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
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