Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view at Terra State Community College in the Student Activities Center Dec. 2 from 9 a.m-7 p.m.
“Annually, Terra State recognizes World AIDS Day to bring awareness to our campus community about this disease,” said Heath Martin, Associate Dean of Students. “Having the quilt here this year will help students visually understand what a devastating disease this is and continues to be for people from all different walks of life and all over the world.”
Established in 1987, the NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which began with a single 3x6-foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987.
Today, the quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died from AIDS. The panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe, having been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into the epic memorial – the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.
By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, the AIDS Memorial Quilt helps teach compassion and triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia. It aims to 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, churches, 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 15 million people have seen the AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of displaysthroughout the world.
For more information on the upcoming display, call Heath Martin at 419-559-2350. For more information on the NAMES Project and the AIDS Memorial Quilt, visit aidsquilt.org or call the national headquarters at 404-688-5500.