World AIDS Day Commemoration & Quilt Exhibit
Memorial Quilt Exhibit, November 26 – December 3
Candlelight Memorial Vigil, World AIDS Day, December 1, 7– 9PM
WNCAP is very pleased to once again host a display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt here in Asheville. This year we are bringing 20 blocks, 160 panels to be on display at the Haywood Park Hotel Atrium in downtown Asheville. The panels have been requested by local WNC residents who have lost a loved one to AIDS. .
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a dynamic and special memorial. It travels the world telling the stories of lives lost too soon to a disease that is preventable, a tribute to those we have loved and lost. If you would like to create a panel in memory of a loved one, we’d like to help you. WNCAP is honored to help people who would like to sew a panel for the Quilt. We have volunteers who love to sew and creative people to help you design and create your panel. We meet once a month to help you move forward with your Quilting project. If you’d like to join our Quilting group, or if you’d like to consult with our team, please contact Chris. more on making a quilt panel >>>
"Messages to The Quilt" - Here is a small sample of messages received in 2008 and 2009 in the "Messages to the Quilt" book. The book is made available during the display for any who would like to share.
"In 1988, a lone panel was delivered quietly to the NAMES Project in Atlanta. Unlike any other panel among the tens of thousands of panels made at that time, this special panel arrived simply with a handwritten note that read: "I hope this quilt will find a permanent place and help mark the end of this devastating disease." The panel itself was stark in design, white letters on a black background, simply saying "The Last One."
In the decades since
this panel was left on our doorstep, we have held on
to it with hopeful anticipation that we would one
day reach "The Last One." We unveiled this panel
publicly for the first time on the National Mall
during our opening ceremony Saturday. (It will
remain on display until Wednesday.) We did so with
heavy hearts, with hopeful hearts, but we still
can't yet stitch it into the Quilt. Not until we see
the last new infection, the last AIDS case, the last
death from AIDS, the last one left orphaned, the
last person to face discrimination for living with
July 2012 Members of WNCAP Staff Attended World AIDS Conference and also the Quilt Exhibit in Washington DC. See the Quilt live here in Asheville, November 26 – December 3, Haywood Park Hotel Atrium.