Famed Miami artist Romero Britto has designed the logo for the 2008 U.S. Conference on AIDS, which will be held Sept. 18-21 in Miami Beach.
Here's the news release:
Pop Culture Icon Romero Britto Creates New Logo for the 2008 United States Conference on AIDS
July 28, 2008—Washington, DC—The National Minority AIDS Council is proud to announce the release of the new 2008 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) logo. Created by modern day pop culture icon, Romero Britto, the logo's bright colors and playful themes evoke the spirit of hope and sense of warmth recognizable in all of Britto's masterpieces. Visit www.2008usca.org to view the logo. The 2008 USCA, set for September 18-21, in Miami Beach, FL, will address the theme, Looking Back...Moving Forward, and is expected to bring together over 3,500 HIV/AIDS professionals.
"AIDS has given us little to celebrate," says Paul A. Kawata, NMAC's Executive Director. "With this year's theme and the essence of the logo, we hope to honor the past as well as help reenergize and inspire attendees to recommit themselves to the work necessary in ending this epidemic."
Dubbed the artwork of healing, Britto provides an open-minded and optimistic view of life from the mental canvas of an artist who gains his daily inspiration from the world around him. He has been commissioned to bring a unique visual interpretation to world renowned brands such as Absolut, Disney, Movado, Pepsi, Evian and Audi. Despite his international success, Britto has never forgotten his humble beginnings—giving back to those in need is one of his top priorities. In 2007, the Britto Foundation was established to allow him to lend his time, resources and talent to organizations all over the world.
"I feel that it is very important to help with this cause. HIV/AIDS is a terrible disease that affects so many young people and so many have died. Unfortunately this is because of ignorance, so when I was asked to create a logo to commemorate the 2008 USCA in Miami Beach, I was immediately moved to do something to help raise awareness."
Since 1997, USCA, the largest annual HIV/AIDS meeting in the United States, has strengthened the domestic community-based response to HIV/AIDS by bringing together professionals from across the country to learn new skills and build partnerships and collaborations.
The conference's extensive selection of over 200 institutes, seminars, workshops and roundtables sessions addressing every aspect of the AIDS epidemic – from nutrition and treatment to prevention and international issues – enables participants to customize their training and networking experiences according to their unique professional needs. To learn more about USCA, visit: www.2008USCA.org; call: (202) 483-6622; or e-mail: [email protected]
About USCA Sponsor, NMAC
The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) has developed leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS since 1987. NMAC has furthered this mission by providing a public policy education program; national and regional trainings and conferences; treatment and research programs and trainings; numerous publications; and a website: www.nmac.org. The agency also serves an association of AIDS service organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, health departments and other groups assisting people and families. NMAC's advocacy efforts are funded through private funders and donors only.