In-Person Quilt Displays are Back.  Sign-up Now to Bring the Quilt to your community on World AIDS Day

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.

The National AIDS Memorial is pleased to announce that in-person Quilt displays will return this year in time for World AIDS Day 2021 after being temporarily paused last year due to health and safety restrictions in place due to Covid-19.

Now is the time to plan your community display, particularly during this milestone year which marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States.  

Today, community displays of the Quilt are more important than ever.

The issues our nation has faced in the past year -- a raging pandemic with hundreds of thousands of lives lost, social injustice, health inequity, stigma, bigotry and fear – are also the issues faced throughout four decades of the AIDS pandemic.

The Quilt is a powerful teaching tool that shares the story of HIV/AIDS -- the 700,000 lives lost in this country alone – and the hope, healing, activism and remembrance that it inspires.

With HIV impacting younger populations and communities of color, particularly in southern states, the Quilt can be used to raise greater awareness about prevention and treatments available.

We hope you will join hundreds of communities across the country and host a Quilt display this World AIDS Day.

Sign-up now to bring the Quilt to your community!

A new interactive on-line host display application tool provides a seamless way to request a Quilt display with details of the program, including pricing, shipping, display requirements, and resources for displays.

Please direct any questions you may have to Brian Holman, Display Coordinator, at

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This interactive map shows where displays are currently and where they are scheduled to appear. Sign-up now to be a part of this historic event to use the power and beauty of the Quilt to help our nation heal during these difficult times. If you have questions, contact Brian Holman, Quilt Display Coordinator, at

The National AIDS Memorial collaborates with partners across the country to orchestrate hundreds of Quilt displays every year in schools, universities, places of worship, corporations, health centers and LGBTQ+ service organizations. Many of these displays coincide with World AIDS Day observances that take place on and around December 1st in communities across the country. 

If you are interested in participating in the Quilt Community Display Program in 2021, please consider the following when completing the online application.*

  1. Quilt displays must be indoor as outdoor displays can damage the Quilt.
  2. Quilt displays must adhere to any local, state, federal Covid-19 health and safety requirements.
  3. Quilt display areas must be monitored with staff when open for public viewing and appropriately secured when staffing is unavailable.
  4. Each Quilt display must be suspended. Other methods of display may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  5. The display area for a single Quilt block should measure at least 12.5 ft. by 12.5 ft.

Please complete all sections of our interactive application

Additionally, please email a diagram of your proposed display area to

*Exceptions may be granted under special circumstances. Displays must be compliant with any local/state/federal Covid-19 health and safety requirements for in-person gatherings.

Once your application has been received and processed, our Community Display Coordination team will email:

  1. A letter confirming approval of your application
  2. A Letter of Agreement (Contract) which must be signed and returned before the Quilt can ship
  3. An information packet including an Installation Guide, How to Fold instructions, Branding/Partnership Requirements, an Invoice, and a W-9 form

Should you need assistance at any point in the display application process or have any questions, contact Brian Holman, Quilt Display Coordinator, at


As the Quilt travels to communities as part of the Community Display Program, you can request that a specific NAME or BLOCK NUMBER be included in an upcoming scheduled display. To request a specific NAME or Block Number to be included in an upcoming scheduled display, please email Brian Holman, Display Coordinator, at

To locate a specific Block number or name you can visit our online Search the Quilt tool on our website.  Simply type in a NAME or Block Number.

A confirmation email will be sent advising whether the request can be fulfilled at that time. Requests are honored on a first come, first serve basis, as well as the availability of the Block and the ability of the Quilt display host to accommodate the request.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Community Display Program

• Online application
• Quilt History
• Search the Quilt
• Virtual Exhibition

If you have any questions, please email Brian Holman, Display Coordinator, at

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