The AIDS Memorial Quilt serves as a memorial for those who have died of AIDS and a community project that continues to educate the public about the devastating impact of the disease. The Quilt was conceived in November of 1985 by long-time San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones. It was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is today the largest community art project in the world. Displays continue being held across the country every day and new panels continue to be incorporated into The Quilt.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt was in Washington, DC for two different events in 2012.
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival - June 27 – July 1 and July 4 – 8, 2012. The annual festival takes place on the National Mall. This year’s program, Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt, will focus on craft demonstrations, dance and musical performances, interactive discussions, and other activities while educating people about HIV/AIDS. Read more about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
- Quilt in the Capital - July 21 – 25, 2012. Sections of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on display on the National Mall and at more than 40 other locations in Washington DC, coinciding with the International AIDS Conference that is taking place at The Washington Convention Center. The conference will play a key role in shaping international scientific and public health responses to HIV/AIDS. Participating venues include Arena Stage, American University, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Dulles Airport, Reagan International Airport, The Mayflower Renaissance, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, The Organization of American States | Art Museum of the Americas, The Kennedy Center, Human Rights Campaign, Nationals Stadium, The Westin City Center, The Department of The Interior South Building Plaza, The Ronald Reagan Building/International Trade Center, St. Paul¹s Lutheran Church, Eastern Market North Hall, National Building Museum, The Harman Center for The Performing Arts and numerous National Park Service locations throughout the city.
See the following photos and learn more about the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
AIDS Memorial Quilt Photos
Today, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has more than 5,865 12′ by 12′ Sections and includes the names of more than 94,000.
AIDS Memorial Quilt
The AIDS Memorial Quilt extends 1,270,350 square feet (the equivalent of 272 NCAA basketball courts with walkway, 174 courts without walkway.
AIDS Memorial Quilt on the Ellipse
The AIDS Memorial Quilt has been on display in Washington DC several times. Here's an aerial view of the Quilt in front of the White House.
AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels
The AIDS Memorial Quilt panels are created to pay tribute to those who have died of AIDS.
AIDS Memorial Quilt
The AIDS Memorial Quilt brings people together to honor friends and loved ones.