Art is a respected and innovative community educator of HIV prevention and care services in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Born and raised in Orange, New Jersey, a suburb 20 minutes from New York, Art graduated from Orange High School in 1983 and attended Penn State University. Moving to Harlem, New York, Art witnessed the evolution of HIV/AIDS from its inception to how we are currently living and dealing with this virus today. Since being diagnosed in January 1990, Art has tried to be an avid and dedicated fighter for those living with this disease. Art has always believed in standing up for one's right to not only live but to live proudly, productively and happily for who they are.
Currently employed by Southern Regional-Area Health Education Center as a Retention Care Coordinator and Bridge Counselor, Art also works with Community Health Interventions/Operation Sickle Cell as a Community Prevention Coordinator. Art graduated in January of 2011 from the National African American MSM Leadership/My Brother's Keeper HEALTH (Health Executive Approaches to Leadership and Training in HIV) Seminar Program. Art is also the National Co-Chair for the Mid-Atlantic region for the Campaign 2 End AIDS, Co-Chair of the Cumberland County HIV Task Force and an active voting Board member of the NC Statewide Community Planning Group. Art has also developed a one-day training called P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Reflections of Individuals Developing Excellence) for young men 12-18.