The AIDS Quilt comes to Triad Nov. 16-19, accompanied by screen of The Last One
LEADING UP TO THE 2017 RON JOHNSON RED RIBBON RUN & AIDS WALK ON NOVEMBER 18, GREENSBORO, NC – Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54 ½ -ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 96,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view from November 16-19 at the Greensboro History Museum. This free Quilt display is being presented as part of two educational lead up events to the 2017 RON JOHNSON RED RIBBON RUN & AIDS WALK and will be hosted by Triad Health Project and The Greensboro History Museum. Visitors may attend the free display Thursday, November 16 – Sunday, November 19. Museum hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 2-5pm on Sunday. The museum will offer extended hours until 7pm on Friday, November 17 for the AIDS Memorial Quilt display. The display will include panels honoring the lives of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS from families in Charlotte, High Point, Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
To accompany The Quilt display, Triad Health Project and the Greensboro History Museum are presenting screenings of the film, The Last One: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt. This 2015 documentary chronicles the genesis of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the evolution of the AIDS epidemic. Featuring extensive interview footage with nationally renowned HIV/AIDS and LGTBQ activist Cleve Jones, who conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, The Last One offers a compelling examination of the impact that HIV/AIDS continues to have in the United States and makes the case for an end to AIDS through intervention treatment and testing. Screenings of The Last One are Friday, November 17 at 7pm and Saturday, November 18 at 11am in the Mary Norris Preyer Hall Theater at the Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Avenue. Reservations are required. Attendance is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and early reservations are strongly encouraged.
The Quilt display and film screenings are community education offerings to raise awareness and to encourage the public to join in with the 2017 Red Ribbon Run & AIDS Walk. Known as Winter Walk for AIDS for the first 25 years, the Ron Johnson Red Ribbon Run & AIDS Walk is the Piedmont Triad’s signature HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event. Much has changed since the dawn of the AIDS epidemic, when there were no medications to combat the deadly virus and doctors could only provide counsel and solace. Winter Walk for AIDS in Greensboro began as a vigil to commemorate those whose lives had been claimed by the deadly disease. The Red Ribbon Run & AIDS Walk continues to honor lives lost to HIV/AIDS, but also celebrates the tremendous progress in the treatment, care and prevention for people affected by the disease. Triad Health Project Board Member and physician at the Cone Health Regional Center for Infectious Disease, Dr. Kees Van Dam reflects that, “Today, patients who are diagnosed with HIV, even those with AIDS, can take complete control of this deadly virus with medication and proper care to restore their immune systems and their lives. We even dare to dream of ending the epidemic through treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis strategies.” The Red Ribbon Run & AIDS Walk draws hundreds of participants from across Guilford County, North Carolina and surrounding areas to walk, run and give in support of the vital, life-sustaining care, education, support, and prevention services that Triad Health Project provides each year to people in the community affected by HIV/AIDS.
Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation, the international caretaker of The Quilt, works to preserve, care for and use The AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, advance social justice and inspire action. The Quilt began in San Francisco 30 years ago with a single 3 x 6 foot panel and today this epic tapestry of hope and love includes more than 49,000 panels. These panels have come from every state in the nation and have been created by friends, lovers and family members in an attempt to transform loss and heartbreak into hope and healing.
In a war against a disease that has no cure, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as the most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS. By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The Quilt helps teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well being and that of their family, friends and community.
Julie Rhoad, Executive Director of The NAMES Project Foundation explains, “We are eager to share The AIDS Memorial Quilt with your community for it is unlike any memorial ever created. With teddy bears and Boy Scout badges, love letters and photographs, this American treasure was created by the people for real people who were loved and lost to AIDS. We thank Triad Health Project and the Greensboro History Museum for their visionary efforts in hosting this event and invite you to see what wonderful healing art we have created together as a nation.”
Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, places of worship, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings all in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate. To date, more than 18 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of displays throughout the world.
For more information about the Ron Johnson Red Ribbon Run & AIDS Walk, The Quilt display and screenings of The Last One in Greensboro, please call 336-275-1654. For more information on The NAMES Project and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, please visit aidsquilt.org or call the national headquarters at (404) 688-5500.