The LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast, along with SEEDS of Healing, both non-profit groups based in Wilmington, and UNCW, Novant/NHRMC, and other community partners are working together to bring panels from the AIDS Memorial quilt to the area as part of a month-long event to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1.
“World AIDS Day brings together survivors, families, artists, religious organizations, medical professionals, scholars, politicians, and activists to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic, reduce stigma, and mourn those who have died of the disease,” said Michaela Howells, PhD. UNCW Department of Anthropology.
The largest piece of folk art worldwide, the quilt began in 1987 in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS crisis, once displayed in a storefront on Market Street in the Castro District. The same year on Washington’s National Mall, during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the quilt went on display for the world to see.
Panels will be featured at venues throughout Wilmington, including:
- Cameron Art Museum
- UNCW Randall Library
- UNCW Cultural Arts Building
- UNCW Kenan Auditorium
- UNCW Veterans Hall
- Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center
- St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
- St. Stephen A.M.E. Church
Events planned for March 2022 for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10). The quilts will be on display on the UNCW campus until the end of March as part of the Artivism for Change program. (Source)