The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
The AIDS Memorial Quilt was started in San Francisco in 1987 with one three-foot
by six-foot panel in memory of a man who died of complications from AIDS.
It has become the world's largest community art project, with nearly 40,000
panels made by the loved ones of people who have died. There are similar
Quilts in thirty countries around the world.
Sections of the Quilt like the ones here are displayed throughout the world
in schools, businesses, places of worship, and community centers. The entire
Quilt, which covers an area equivalent to that of more than eighteen football
fields, will be displayed in Washington, D.C., October 11-13, 1996.
If you would like more information about the Quilt, please see The NAMES
Project's materials at the What About AIDS? Resource Center inside
the exhibition space, or visit The NAMES Project Homepage.
Videos about the Quilt are also available for viewing.
The display of eighty-eight panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Exploratorium
is made possible with generous help from The NAMES Project Foundation.
"The Quilt helps us realize that AIDS is real, that people get it and
die from it, and that those people could be us."
--Cathy, 15 years old, Chicago
IPHOTO CREDITS: left and center images by Mark Thiessen, right image
by Marc Geller. Courtesy of The NAMES Project.