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AIDS Memorial Quilt to Return to Nashville for the First Time in 15 Years

By: Anne Dean

September 29, 2017

Aids Quilt

For the first time in 15 years, a panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the city of Nashville. The quilt, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, will be unveiled at a community reception at Tuesday, October 24, at 5 pm at The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. It will be open for public viewing at the campus through October 27. 

Aids Quilt

Community groups, schools and the general public are invited to the event and viewing of the 12 foot by 12 foot historic panel, which will take place at The Art Institute, located at 100 Centerview Drive, Nashville. There is no charge to attend. 

The quilt’s story began in June 1987 when a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront with the goal to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers 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.

Aids Quilt 

Since 1987, over 14 million people have visited the quilt at thousands of displays worldwide. It was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and remains the largest community art project in the world. 

To RSVP for the event, or to request accommodations in connection with it, please email Sandy Smith at sdsmith@aii.edu or call 615.514.3835.

By: Anne Dean

September 29, 2017

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