The Visual AIDS Vanguard Awards (VAVA) recognize the achievements and contributions of individuals who, through their work, talent and dedication, strengthen the cultural history of art, AIDS and activism in our community - and reinforce the mission of Visual AIDS. We honor their commitment to art activism, AIDS advocacy, HIV prevention, education and their support of artists with HIV/AIDS.

A special VAVA is presented each year to an individual in the creative arts living with HIV, and is named in honor of William Olander, the late New Museum curator and co-founder of Visual AIDS.

VAVA VOOM 2019 will honor Tom Bianchi, Muna Tseng, and Joyce McDonald.