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The AIDS Memorial Quilt Display

August 1 – August 19, 2023

The Carnegie Center for Art & History is partnering with the National AIDS Memorial to display four blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt) from August 1-19, 2023. The display includes panels from the AIDS Task Force in Fort Wayne, the Indianapolis Prevention of AIDS Among Minorities, and the Louisville AIDS Walk, as well as panels honoring Indiana activist Ryan White and artist Keith Haring.

The Quilt is the largest community arts project in the world.  Its first panels were created over 35 years ago during the darkest days of the pandemic and today, consists of 50,000 individually-sewn panels with the names of more than 110,000 people who have died of AIDS.

Last year marked 35 years since the first stitches of the AIDS Memorial Quilt were created.  It has also been more than four decades since the first cases of AIDS were first reported in the United States.  During that four decade span, more than 700,000 lives have been lost in this country to HIV/AIDS, with still no cure.  Today, HIV is on the rise, particularly among young people, communities of color and in southern states. Quilt displays are used to raise greater awareness about the story of AIDS, and prevention, treatments and resources available within the community.

Sharing the Quilt’s powerful stories of activism, resilience, hope and remembrance, helps connect the story of HIV/AIDS to the important issues impacting our nation today. The Quilt can be viewed in its entirety and people can search for names on the Quilt at www.aidsmemorial.org/quilt.

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