The National AIDS Memorial will mark the 35th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt with an historic outdoor display in Golden Gate Park that will feature nearly 3,000 hand-stitched panels of the Quilt.
The free public event will take place on June 11 & 12 from 10 am – 5 pm each day in Robin Williams Meadow. An opening ceremony and traditional Quilt unfolding will start at 9:30 am on the 11th, followed by the continuous reading of names of lives lost to AIDS aloud by volunteers, dignitaries, and the public on both days. There will be a closing ceremony at 4:00 pm on Sunday the 12th where newly made panels will be presented to be added to the Quilt.
The two-day 35th Anniversary event, presented by Gilead Sciences, will feature 350 12’x12’ blocks of the Quilt laid out on the ground, each consisting of eight 3’x 6’ individually sewn panels that honor and remember the names and stories of loved ones lost to AIDS. The display will be the largest in over a decade and the largest-ever in San Francisco history.
Visitors will be able to walk through the display to experience each panel, remember the names, and see first-hand the stories sewn into each of them. Featured Quilt blocks will include many of the original panels made during the darkest days of the pandemic and panels made in recent years, a solemn reminder that the AIDS crisis is still not over.
There will be several community villages for visitors including a panel-making workshop and Quilt history village, a volunteer village, a social media and storytelling village, a conversations village, and a community service village with more than 35 non-profit organizations joining together.
Hundreds of new panels will be on display for the first time, including more than 100 made through the Memorial’s Call My Name panel-making program, which helps raise greater awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS in communities of color, particularly in the South, where HIV rates are on the rise.
Today, the Quilt, considered the largest community arts project in the world, is under the stewardship of the National AIDS Memorial and has surpassed 50,000 individually sewn panels with more than 110,000 names stitched into its 54 tons of fabric. The Quilt continues to connect the history of the AIDS pandemic to the ongoing fight against stigma and prejudice through hundreds of community displays throughout the country and educational programs that reach millions of people each year.
In the days and weeks leading up to June 11, which marks 35 years since the first panel of the AIDS Quilt was sewn, please help us raise awareness for this emotionally powerful, historic, free event with content and images from our Social Media Kit. Please also tag and follow @NationalAIDSMemorial on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
There will be several community villages for visitors to see that include a panel-making workshop and Quilt history village, a volunteer village, a social media and storytelling village, a conversations village, and a community service village with more than 35 non-profit organizations joining together.
Through a partnership with The AIDS Memorial and Savannah College of Arts & Design (SCAD) select panels will feature QR codes that can be scanned to show “stories behind the Quilt” that provide a deeper connection through photos, podcasts and personal stories.
Click HERE to see some key facts to know. More details will be provided through this website in the weeks leading up to the event.
The National AIDS Memorial appreciates the support of our partners for this Quilt display. To learn more about partnership opportunities please email Kevin Herglotz at email@example.com.
CLEVE SHARES HIS STORY
Watch BBC World News Witness History in this touching segment with Quilt co-founder Cleve Jones as he discusses the origins of the Quilt, its history and impact.
HOST A QUILT DISPLAY
Share the Quilt's powerful stories of activism, love, healing, hope and remembrance to connect the story of HIV/AIDS to important issues impacting our nation. Become a host today
SEARCH FOR A NAME ON THE QUILT
There are more than 110,000 names stitched into the Quilt’s 50,000 panels. See the entirety of the Quilt online and search for names of loved ones lost to AIDS.