AIDS Memorial Quilt on view at WNMU through Friday
Wednesday is International Latino AIDS Awareness Day
SILVER CITY >> Six panels containing 48 names of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on view in Graham Hall at Western New Mexico University through Friday. The display will be part of the International Latino AIDS Awareness Day on Wednesday. Viewing times are 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m. today and Thursday. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Established in 1987, the NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, according to a news release. The Quilt began with a single 3 by 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. The quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3 by 6 foot quilts, each one commemorating the life of someone who succumbed to AIDS. These quilts come from every state in the nation, every corner of the world and have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends and family members of AIDS victims to create a massive memorial and the largest piece of community art in the world, according to a news release.
In the effort to find a cure for the currently incurable disease, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as a reminder of the threat of AIDS. By illustrating the individuals behind the numbers, the AIDS Memorial Quilt can teach compassion and emphasize that AIDS touches everyone, the news release states.
Julie Rhoad, executive director of the Names Project Foundation, said through a news release, “we are thrilled to have the chance to share the AIDS Memorial Quilt with Silver City, the surrounding communities and southwest New Mexico. These handmade quilts, created by friends and family, tell the stories of individuals whose lives were taken by AIDS. We bring you their stories in the hope of inspiring compassion, healing and personal responsibility. We thank LGBT Grant County for hosting the quilt and we invite all to come see what wonderful art we have created together as a nation.”