NWC News Desk

The AIDS Memorial Quilt on display Dec. 1-3 at Northwest College

Posted November 19, 2009

POWELL, Wyo. - Northwest College will mark the 21st anniversary of World AIDS Day with a three-day display of the traveling The AIDS Memorial Quilt in the Rendezvous Lounge of the DeWitt Student Center. The quilt will be open to viewers from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 1and 2; and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Admission is free.

The NAMES Project Foundation, an international organization established in 1987, is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The handmade tapestry began with a single panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, it comprises more than 47,000 individual 3-by-6 foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS.  It weighs 54 tons in its entirety and stands as a memorial to more than 91,000 individuals lost to AIDS.

The panels come from every state in the nation and every corner of the globe. They were sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.

AIDS quilt on Washington Mall
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In a war against a disease that has no cure, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as one of the most potent tools in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS.  By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The AIDS Memorial Quilt strives to elevate compassion; triumph over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspire individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well-being and that of their family, friends and community.

Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, places of worship, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings, all in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate. To date, more than 17 million people have seen the quilt at tens of thousands of displays throughout the world.

For more information about the Powell exhibit, contact Jennifer Skinner or call 307-754-6162.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt on display Dec. 1-3 at Northwest College