Considered the largest community arts project in history, the AIDS Memorial Quilt helps us remember the unique lives and stories of those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS.
Individuals and groups create Quilt panels to honor, remember and celebrate the stories and lives of those ones lost to HIV/AIDS. Today, there are roughly 50,000 panels dedicated to more than 110,000 individuals in this epic 54-ton tapestry.
Drivers of change use the Quilt as a powerful tool to bring generations together and raise awareness about the impact of the ongoing epidemic. A new initiative called Change The Pattern is bringing sections of Quilt to communities throughout the South, where AIDS disproportionately impacts communities of color. There, the Quilt honors Black and Brown lives lost to HIV and AIDS and strives to reimagine the response to the epidemic in the region.
Share the Quilt's powerful stories of activism, love, healing, hope and remembrance to connect the story of HIV/AIDS to the important issues impacting our nation today.
Search the AIDS Memorial Quilt, view each panel, search for a friend or loved one and share your story through our social media channels.
On June 11-12 the National AIDS Memorial displayed 3,000 Quilt panels in Golden Gate Park, marking 35 years since the first panels were made. Presented by Gilead Sciences, this event honored the lives lost to AIDS whose names are stitched in the fabric of the Quilt.
“Thousands of people have died in San Francisco, millions in the world. The point of the National AIDS Memorial Grove is to remember them, one at a time.”
- Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
PERSONALIZED PHOTO GIFT
The National AIDS Memorial is now able to transform pristine digital images of individual Quilt panels into beautiful high-resolution photographic prints - learn more
QUILT MOVES TO SAN FRANCISO
Nancy Pelosi announces Quilt Moving to San Francisco, November 2019 watch now
HISTORY OF THE QUILT
Conceived in 1985 by long-time San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones - learn more
40 YEARS / 40 STORIES
40 years of stories from the pandemic – the lives lost, the heroes, the survivors - see the stories
MAKE A PANEL
Here in a few easy steps is how to create a panel for The Quilt - learn more
HOST THE QUILT, REQUEST A PANEL
To request to host the Quilt in your community please make a request