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AIDS Memorial Quilt Virtual Exhibition

By Charlotte Robinson, October 19, 2020

The National AIDS Memorial has announced a virtual exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt that will feature more than 10,000 Quilt panels representing all 50 states & U.S. territories. Panel makers, individuals, businesses & non-profit organizations from across the country are invited to host a display of the Quilt. Each display host will be able to feature a selection of beautiful Quilt blocks of their choice & curate a personalized display narrative that will accompany each display. John Cunningham, National AIDS Memorial Executive Director stated, “World AIDS Day is taking on new meaning this year, as COVID-19 has brought an enormous loss of life & grief to millions of people. During the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, the Quilt was a source of immense comfort, inspiration & used as a tool for social activism to open the eyes of the nation to injustice & to help survivors grieve & heal. Through this exhibition, we hope the power & beauty of the Quilt can serve that same purpose for those who are experiencing loss & grief due to COVID-19.” On World AIDS Day on December 1st the National AIDS Memorial will bring together powerful voices from both pandemics for an important conversation about health justice, social activism, remembrance, hope & resilience. Applications to participate must be received by November 1st 2020 to be part of the current exhibition. The fee to participate as a virtual display host is $500 with proceeds from the exhibition to be used to ensure the continued care & conservation of more than 48,000 individual panels of this national treasure. 

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