SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield will host a display of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt from February 10 through 15 in the Great Room of Lincoln Residence Hall on the UIS campus. Display hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, February 10; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, February 11 to 14; and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, February 15. The display is free and open to the public.
Anyone interested involunteering for the AIDS quilt project is invited to attend an information session January 31 at 9:30 p.m. in the LRH.
An enormous quilt made as a memorial to and celebration of the lives of people who died of AIDS-related causes, the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest public art project in the world and has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
UIS will display six blocks of the quilt. Each block is a 12-foot square comprising six personalized, individual panels created by friends and family members of someone who died of AIDS-related causes.
The UIS Diversity Task Force is sponsoring the display along with 18 student organizations and campus departments.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt was started in 1987 in San Francisco by a group of volunteers to serve as an opportunity for survivors to memorialize loved ones whose remains were at that time often refused by funeral homes and cemeteries. Currently made up of nearly 6,000 blocks memorializing more than 44,000 individuals, the quilt was last displayed in full on The Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1996.
More information about the Names Project quilt is available at www.aidsquilt.org/about.htm. For more information about the display at UIS, contact Ryan Prosser, UIS Diversity Task Force chair, at 206-6190.