This exhibit of sections of the 54-ton, handmade tapestry stands as a striking memorial to the lives of countless individuals lost to AIDS. The City College display is the largest of its kind in America, according to Brian Holman, National Display Coordinator for the NAMES Project Foundation. The Quilt is being presented as part of The City College World AIDS Day Educational Series in collaboration with the City University’s LGBT Task Force (https://www.facebook.com/CUNYLGBT/info) and will be open to the community for free public display and educational programming .
Viewing locations: The Center for Worker Education (CWE) – 7th Floor, 25 Broadway, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday, December 2 nd; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 rd; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., December 4 th. The Quilt will also be on display at the Great Hall of Shepard Hall in City College’s main campus at 160 Convent Avenue December 5 th and 6th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
In New York City alone over 125,000 people are HIV + and thousands more are infected and are unaware of it. According to the New York City Department of Health HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of deaths of New Yorkers aged 35-55.
James P. Robinson, Chairperson of The City University’s LGBT Task Force , explains, “At the height of the pandemic many doctors, funeral homes, and cemeteries refused to even handle victims of those murdered by AIDS. This loving display is the only respectful memorial some have ever received. We thank President Lisa S. Coico for her visionary efforts in hosting this event and invite you to see what wonderful healing art we have created together at The City University of New York (http://www.cuny.edu/index.html), the largest public urban university in the United States.
For information on the upcoming display and the free diverse educational events open to the public , please address questions or call 212 650 5426 or email studentaffairs(at)ccny(dot)cuny(dot)edu. For more information on the Center for Worker Education, contact aboutcwe(at)ccny(dot)cuny(dot)edu.
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