Broward College Professor and Student Volunteers Unveil Art to End AIDS Mobile Mural
Georgeta Fondos cherishes any opportunity she can use her art to draw attention to social issues and important causes. This is why the adjunct Broward College professor was honored to be selected out of 30 proposals to create an Art to End AIDS mural.
Fondos enlisted the help of former students to share in the artistic experience and process. Broward College alumni Kendy Calixte, Tom Berringer, and Allan Buhl worked side-by-side their professor to bring her vision to life. Fondos’ work is inspired by the Romantic landscape of the 19th century. This particular piece features ocean waves crashing on a beach with seagulls flying above and a sailboat traveling in the distance.
“I want people to enjoy the landscape, but to know they can choose life and choose to be healthy because this is one disease you can control,” Fondos said. “We want them to choose life because life is beautiful.”
In the image, clouds are parting after a storm to allow the sunlight to creep in and give way to a colorful rainbow, adding to the imagery of love and hope. Fondos infused a bit of Broward County as well by including the iconic white pillars of Las Olas. The visual elements are accompanied by the words “Let’s Stop HIV Together!” and “100% Preventable HIV Ends with Me!”
Calixte, a past drawing I student, donated nine hours over the course of three days to the endeavor. He is pursuing his Associate of Science in Graphic Design while painting on the side. He enjoyed the experience working on his first mural.
“There is a lot of symbolism in it,” Calixte said. “I think it really stands out and will be really meaningful for people.”
Fondos and her students braved the rain and South Florida heat for days to complete project. That’s because the mural happened to find its home on the side of a 9-by-53-foot semi-trailer. Initially, the mural was going to be done on a wall. However, plans changed after Jaye Abbate, ArtServe president and CEO, met with Cliff Berry at a Rotary Club meeting. Cliff Berry Inc. donated the trailer, which will travel to different parts of the community over the course of a year to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and push the importance of being tested.
The finished product was revealed during an event at the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors. It’s expected to be the first in a series as part of the Art to End AIDS Mural Project, a collaboration between ArtServe, the Florida Department of Health Broward County, CBS Miami and EcoMedia.
Whether it’s residential, commercial or for the community, murals are a specialty for Fondos. Some of her public projects can be seen at the City of Oakland Park Fire Station #87, as well as Lauderhill Performing Arts Center and Lauderhill City Hall.