AIDS Awareness Project…Bringing the Quilt to Wilmington

The Frank Harr Foundation is honored to be bringing The AIDS Memorial Quilt to Wilmington November 30th through December 15th. During this two-week event, some 30 plus panels of The Quilt will be displayed at select venues in our community with speakers, educational workshops, and social gatherings hosted to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends, partners and spouses served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members. The Quilt has redefined the tradition of quilt-making in response to contemporary circumstances. A memorial, a tool for education and a work of art, the Quilt is a unique creation, an uncommon and uplifting response to the tragic loss of human life.

Here are the days and times where docents will be available to the public for viewings:

Thursday – December 5th from 5 to 8 pm
Saturday – December 7th from 10 to 4 pm
Sunday – December 8th from 1 to 4 pm

Cameron Art Museum
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Temple of Israel
St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Stephen A.M.E. Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wilmington
Hannah Block Historic USO Community Arts Center (Dec. 5th & 8th as listed; Dec. 7th – 10 to Noon)
UNCW – Randall Library and the Cultural Arts Center (viewing times and exact locations pending)

Docents will be available to answer questions and provide information about the Quilt at all locations.

There are many ways you can show your support today to help us with the costs and logistics of bringing The Quilt to Wilmington:

Volunteer Opportunities: To find out more about volunteer opportunities including Docent and Installers Training as well as how you can help out in our Panel Making Workshops, please reach out to us via our Contact Form or by emailing us at volunteer@frankharrfoundation.org.

Kickoff Event – Cameron Art Museum: Should you like to attend the kickoff event at the Cameron Art Museum, you may purchase tickets here for just $35.00.

Sponsorship: If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, you can read more about the benefits of sponsorship here.

Donation: If you’d like to make a donation, please click on the button below and note you’d like your donation to go toward AIDS Awareness Project…Bringing the Quilt to Wilmington in the notes section at checkout. Remember, the Frank Harr Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and your support is tax deductible. We appreciate your support!