William Way Upgrades Cyber Center

The new media lab celebrates its grand opening on Dec. 15

Messapotamia Lefae hosts the grand opening of the cyber center (photo by Peter Lien)

As the hub of the LGBT community in Philly, the William Way is also becoming more of a hub for all things tech. The center celebrates the grand opening of the new and improved David Bohnett CyberCenter and Multimedia Lab on Thursday (Dec. 15) during a special event.

“This new facility is an exciting step for William Way, as the center moves further into the 21st century,” says Christopher Bartlett, the William Way’s executive director. “We hope it will serve as a space where members can connect both in person and on the web.”

Thanks to a grant from the David Bohnett Foundation, the center first opened the cyber center in its lobby in 2007. But earlier this year, Bartlett received word that the foundation – which has outfitted LGBT centers around the country with computer labs – would be providing new equipment. Along with the three computers currently located in the lobby, the new tech space will contain eight new desktop computers pre-loaded with Microsoft Small Business software, as well as an LCD projector, a printing and scanning station and a blackboard.

The room will be open for public use from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The grand opening event, hosted by Messapotamia Lefae, will also include complimentary cocktails and light fare. Lefae has even reportedly designed a special “cyborg” costume for the occasion, during which the exhibition – 1981-Until It’s Over, a multimedia display on the history of HIV/AIDS in our community – will be on display on its final night.

Grand Opening of the David Bohnett CyberCenter and Multimedia Lab, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., 1315 Spruce St., 215-732-2220.