The AIDS Memorial Quilt was displayed on campus for two days, Nov. 27 and 28, giving New Paltz students and the local community an opportunity to view an important piece of living history. Conceived of in the late 1980s as a memorial for friends and loved ones who died of AIDS, the quilt is made up of panels submitted from cities across the United States. It was first displayed publicly on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1987 and now has more than 48,000 panels.
“Our office is proud to present the NAMES Project Foundation’s AIDS Quilt Display,” said Brendan O’Brien, event coordinator in the Office of Student Activities and Union Services. “We wanted to bring this tour to our campus to increase awareness about the continuing struggle against HIV/AIDS. This program will show the true cost of this disease, and our hope is that this program will inspire continued discussion about the effects of HIV/AIDS long after the quilt moves on to the next tour stop.”
More than 14 million people have visited the quilt and raised more than $3 million for AIDS service organizations throughout North America, according to the AIDS Quilt website. The quilt remains the largest community art project in the world. To learn more about the AIDS Quilt, visit www.aidsquilt.org.