Portion of AIDS Quilt on View in Veterans Hall

A panel of the renowned National AIDS Memorial Quilt is on view in the south wing Veterans Hall through March 2022. The quilt is a traveling piece of history and folk art that began with the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. 

AIDS-Quilt-WEB.jpgAs the largest community arts project in the world, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is a teaching tool to help educate people about the story of AIDS, remember the more than 700,000 U.S. lives lost to disease, and to support local HIV/AIDS service organizations, LGBTQ+ centers, and support awareness about health and social justice issues.1

Assistant Dean for Community Engagement Ashley Wells says, "Different panels from the quilt are on display across campus and we are excited to be able to share an important part of our nation’s health history here in Veterans Hall."

The college will hold a 15-minute installation ceremony on Thursday, January 13 at 1 p.m. to read the names of the individuals honored and remembered on the specific panel in Veterans Hall.

About the Quilt 

In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

This epic 54-ton tapestry includes nearly 50,000 panels dedicated to more than 105,000 individuals. Each year, panel pieces are dispersed for World AIDS Day so communities can celebrate and honor those who have lost the fight, and stand with those who continue to battle the virus. The quilt is not only commemorative, it works as an ever-evolving piece of art that inspires activism and education. Explore more at aidsmemorial.org.

1. National AIDS Memorial website