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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 1st – 3 pm: Seeds of Healing, a local organization that provides HIV awareness and empowers affected women to self-manage their HIV medical care, will hold their annual Red Ribbon event with Dr. Sabrina T. Cherry, Assistant Professor of Public Health Studies at UNCW, delivering the keynote address. This event will also be held at the Cameron Art Museum. Tickets are available through Event Bright at https://tinyurl.com/QWSeeds.
December 3rd – 4 pm: Screening of The Last One at Thalian Hall. This film details the history of the AIDS Quilt and explores the ways it serves as a tool to help end the continuing crisis. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
December 11th – 7 pm: Perry Smith and Michael Hanson will lead a drum circle at St. Stephen A.M.E. Church. The evening will include a reading of the more than 200 names of people represented in the Quilt panels that are coming to Wilmington.
December 13th – 7 pm: Mouths of Babes Theater Company (MoB) will present a staged reading of a new work-in-progress, A Remarkable Fraternity: A Play About the HIV/AIDS Crisis Past and Present at St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church. MoB Theatre, led by Artistic Director Trey Morehouse, is actively gathering oral histories about the epidemic for the creation of this new play. The work explores the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US, with a focus on the South and particularly on the community of Wilmington, NC.
December 2nd through January 18th: The Frank Harr Foundation is holding panel-making workshops for community members to create a panel honoring a loved one who has succumbed to AIDS. The workshops will be held at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center. Volunteer sewists and other artists will be on hand to assist people in making their panels. Once the panels are completed, the Frank Harr Foundation will submit them to The Names Memorial Project in Atlanta, Georgia, to be stitched into this important tool of education and remembrance. To find out more about these workshops, please visit – https://tinyurl.com/QWWorkshopInfo.
Sponsorship: If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, you can read more about the benefits of sponsorship here.
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