Exhibit of the AIDS Memorial Quilt
November 20th – November 26th
World AIDS Day 2016
Asheville Renaissance Hotel
Quilt exhibit open daily during the week, 10:00 am- 7:00 pm (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Please contact the WNCAP office to request a special tour our educational session. 828.252.7489
Memorial Quilt Opening Night Reception
Monday, November 21st
6:00- 8:00 pm
Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit Opening Reception.
The project began in the June 1987 when a small group gathered in San Francisco 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.
Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic and consists of more than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — We honor all of those impacted by HIV/ AIDS by bringing 20 blocks of the Quilt panels to Asheville for a week of commemoration and awareness.
Join us for the Opening Reception, which will include an induction ceremony for new Quilt panels, local speakers, and a memorial candle lighting ceremony.
Mike Smith, Co-founder of the NAMES Project Foundation, 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 2016
Thursday, December 1st, Renaissance Hotel Ballroom, 7:00 pm
Come help us commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1st, with classes, keynote speaker Cecil Baldwin, the voice of Night Vale, and documentary screening.
For more information about our World AIDS Day Events visit The Power of Zero webpage
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.