April 24, 2012
NAMES Project Launches the AIDS Memorial 'Quilt in the Capital' Initiative
The NAMES Project Foundation is partnering with POZ to display The Quilt in its entirety throughout Washington, DC, for the first time since 1996.
The NAMES Project Foundation, custodian of The AIDS
Memorial Quilt, in partnership with POZ, the leading brand for HIV/AIDS
information in the United States, is pleased to announce “Quilt in the Capital
2012,” an initiative to bring the 54-ton AIDS Memorial Quilt to Washington, DC,
July 21–25 to coincide with the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012).
“The AIDS Memorial Quilt has incredible power to
draw people into a conversation about HIV/AIDS,” said Julie Rhoad, president
and CEO of The NAMES Project. “With the help of our partner POZ, we will use this
summer’s Quilt display to reignite the conversation about how we begin to end
AIDS. Our heartfelt thanks to the many generous supporters that are making this
Sponsorship and support will make it possible to
bring all of The Quilt’s 47,000 panels and counting—representing the lives of
94,000 individuals taken by AIDS, sewn by more than 100,000 friends and family
members—to be displayed across part of the National Mall and the more than 50
additional venues in the DC metropolitan area July 21–25. For a listing of all the
venues scheduled to display panels of The Quilt this summer, go to www.Quilt2012.org.
partner to “Quilt in the Capital 2012,” POZ is working closely with The NAMES
Project to leverage the power of The Quilt in developing programming that is engaging,
educational and inspirational. POZ also brings its media expertise to the
initiative, hosting panel discussions, conducting interviews and streaming live
from The Quilt on POZ.com to bolster the engagement of a larger audience that
extends beyond those viewing The Quilt in person.
Long-time industry supporters Bristol-Myers Squibb
and Merck & Co. are generously supporting “Quilt in the Capital 2012.”
“For more than
two decades, Bristol-Myers Squibb has worked with the HIV community, and we
knew the momentous return of The Quilt to Washington, DC, an extraordinary
reminder of the journey we have taken and the future ahead, is something we
wanted to be a part of,” said Giovanni Caforio, president, U.S.
pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “The
Quilt has an unparalleled ability to foster dialogue, awareness and action at
every level, from breaking through national and international consciousness to
serving people in need at the community level. We need to work together for
people living with HIV and AIDS, and our hope is that The Quilt can inspire all
people and truly help impact the course of the HIV epidemic in this country.”
In addition, The NAMES Project Foundation and POZ
would like to thank the
Raymond F Schinazi and Family Foundation, The Elton John AIDS Foundation, The
Association of Corporate Counsel, Red Thread Productions, Whitman-Walker
Health, Kimpton Hotels and The DC AIDS Walk for their contributions and
About The AIDS
The Quilt began with a single 3 feet
by 6 feet panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is the
largest piece of ongoing community art in the world. Its personally sewn panels
come from every state in the nation, from every corner of the globe. Sections
are continuously on display across the country in schools, churches, community
centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional
settings, all with the purpose of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real,
human and immediate. To date, more than 15 million people have seen The Quilt
at tens of thousands of displays throughout the world.
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To download high-resolution photographic images of The AIDS
Memorial Quilt, please go to AIDSquilt.org/newsroom.
1987, The NAMES Project Foundation, Inc., is the international,
nongovernmental, 501(c)(3) organization that is the custodian of The AIDS
Memorial Quilt and its associated document and media archive. The foundation’s
mission is to preserve, care for and use The AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster
healing, advance social justice and inspire action in the age of AIDS.
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