A Celebration of Lives
An Exhibit of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and World AIDS Day
November 23th – December 1st 2014
Asheville Renaissance Hotel
Open daily with programming throughout the week, please contact the WNCAP office to request a special tour our educational session. 828.252.7489
Memorial Quilt Opening Night Reception
Monday, November 24th, 6:00 pm
Highlights of the evening will be: keynote speaker, Mike Smith; musical performances by classical guitarist, James Barr, and Asheville a cappella group, Pastymes; presentation of WNCAP’s quilting group’s new Quilt Panels; and remarks from the WNCAP and local community members.
Mike Smith is the co-founder of the NAMES PROJECT AIDS Memorial Quilt and served as managing director there from 1987 to 1989. During his tenure there, the Quilt grew from an idea to more than 15,000 memorial panels in 20 countries. He managed the first two national tours in 1988 and 1989, and produced the first three displays in Washington DC in 1987, 1988 and 1989. In 1989, he and Cleve Jones and The NAMES Project Foundations were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and the film about the Quilt, Common Threads, received the Academy Award for Best Documentary. He returned to the NAMES Project in 1994 to oversee the digital media project that photographed and cataloged images of every Quilt panel. In 1996, he produce the last full-scale display of the Quilt in Washington DC that was visited by more than 1,100,000 people, including the first visit to the Quilt by a sitting U.S. President and Vice President.
Mike Smith has been Executive Director of the AIDS Emergency Fund & Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (AEF & BCEF) since 2002. The two agencies annually help more than 2,500 people disabled by HIV/AIDS or in treatment for breast cancer manage the financial stress and pay their bills while too sick to work.
James Barr “is the leading Classical Guitarist for weddings and events in the region, with highly positive reviews in every major venue in WNC and environs. His guitar fills a room or the outdoors with his wide repertoire; his professionalism is unparalleled. James receives admiration for his concerts and theater performances throughout the Southeast.”
Pastyme is a vocal group from Asheville which performs a cappella music of all kinds. Even though Pastyme has its roots in the sacred and secular music of the High Renaissance, the group performs a cappella music from a wide variety of literature, from classical to jazz, for concerts, church services, and special events.
Mike Smith in 2013 at the Asheville AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhbit with WNACP’s own Pam Siekman, Chairperson, Raise Your Hand Auction and Memorial Quilt Exhibit
World AIDS Day
A Celebration of Lives
Monday, December 1st, Renaissance Hotel Ballroom, 7-9 pm
Come help us commemorate World AIDS Day by celebrating the lives of those lost to AIDS, those affected by the virus, those who work in the field, and everyone working to bring the infection rate to ZERO.
Local Diva, Kat Williams, will be performing several songs, along with local talents Lyric and Cantaria. It will be a fantastic evening of music and poetry focused on remembering the past, celebrating successes, and hope for the future.
Pop, Soul, Funk Artist, Lyric
Cantaria, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Asheville
A Huge Thank You to our Sponsors!
We are grateful to everyone who helps make this special event happen, and our sponsors make it all possible.
More about the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Names Project
Activist Cleve Jones began The AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987. 1,920 panels were first displayed in the nation’s capital during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987, to highlight the scale of the epidemic. By 2007, the Quilt included more than 46,000 panels representing over 80,000 people and it continues to grow. It is a memorial to those lost to AIDS, a tool for preventing new HIV infections, and the world’s largest ongoing community art project.
Each section of the AIDS Quilt is twelve feet square, and typically consists of eight individual three foot by six foot panels sewn together. There are currently more than 40,000 panels, and virtually every one of them memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS.
Throughout its history, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has been used to fight prejudice, raise awareness and funding, as a means to link hands with the global community in the struggle against AIDS, and as an effective tool in HIV and AIDS education and prevention.