HIV/AIDS. Human Immune Deficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome infects an estimate of 56,300 Americans each year. According to data taken in 2006 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS.
There are many faces of HIV/AIDS. It does not discriminate. It can infect any man, woman, or child regardless of color or ethnicity. The affect of HIV/AIDS is an important reality to face.
At the ripe age of 22, choreographer, Pioneer Winter will selflessly present “Reaching the Surface.” A mixture of contemporary dance, spoken word and live music produced by Alert Health, a non-profit organization servicing Northern Miami-Dade County to improve the health and quality of life of those at risk of chronic illness by providing accessible and preventive care. This non-profit project is to further spread the message of HIV/AIDS. It’s a way of implementing empathy instead of criticism through the arts.
Synonymous to his name, this is a first for Pioneer Winter and Alert Health to join forces for a night of performing arts. Winter started as an intern at Alert Health and now proudly works as Special Projects Director. He’s currently a company member with the notable Dance Now Ensemble and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and Epidemiology.
On June 4th, the first performance will take place in North Miami at the Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza and Little Haiti Cultural Center on June 5th. A reception at Alert Health will follow the North Miami performance as well at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in the theater lobby. Both performances take place at 8:00 p.m. and FREE to the public.
A grand support of individuals and organizations have come forward for this production. Sponsors include Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, City of North Miami with City Parks and Recreation. Other community partners supporting “Reaching the Surface” are North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre, Councilman Scott Galvin, District 3 Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and Marie Whitman, Artistic Director at NOMAC. Advisors include local instructor/choreographer, Roberto Mainetti and world-renowned dancer/choreographer, Robert La Fosse who both have been living with HIV for over twenty years.
Winter’s project is to “serve the community by demonstrating that one cannot live in the shadow of underserved stigma, as well as the shadow of ignorance.”
For additional information on Alert Health and Reaching the Surface, please visit http://www.alerthealth.org
Donations are appreciated. https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/ALERTHealth/OnlineDonation.html
Checks can be made payable to ALERT Health, Inc. (include ‘Reaching the Surface’ in the memo):
660 NE 125th Street
North Miami, FL 33161