2009 AIDS Quilt Display at IUP October 20-22

Posted on 10/12/2009 8:27:44 AM

IUP will display the AIDS Memorial Quilt on October 20–22, 2009, in the HUB Ohio Room.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. It is a creative means for remembrance and healing for those whose lives have been touched by AIDS. The purpose of displaying the quilt is to bring an end to AIDS by illustrating the enormity of the pandemic, raising public awareness of the disease, assisting with HIV prevention education, and raising funds for community-based AIDS service organizations.

Each of the more than 47,000 colorful panels in the quilt was made to remember the life of a person lost to AIDS. Panels are three feet by six feet—the size of a human grave. As the epidemic claims more lives, the quilt continues to grow. In addition to representing the lives of those named, the quilt also represents the sorrow, anger, love, and hope of the people who make the panels.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s display will feature fourteen blocks of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Each block contains eight individual panels designed and constructed by partners, friends, and families of loved ones lost to AIDS.

Find out more about the quilt, how to make a panel, or how you can volunteer to assist with IUP's AIDS Quilt Display.