In 1987, a group of people came together in a small shop in San Francisco to brainstorm ideas that would leave a legacy for all of their loved ones whose lives had been taken by AIDS. From there, the idea for a patchwork quilt memorial was born, and it didn’t take long for the thoughtful token to turn into a national movement that continues to inspire the world to this day. To commemorate World AIDS Day 2013, the Central Library in Downtown Buffalo is currently featuring sections of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, along with a number of local AIDS quilts.
If you have never taken the time to examine the quilt, there are a couple of different ways to do so. A Digital Patchwork Masterpiece can be viewed here. The digital application was produced by Microsoft Research Connections and Partners Create Interactive AID/HIV Applications. The gigantic stitched patchwork totals 6000 blocks, each fashioned with eight panels. All total, that’s 48,000 individual 3×6′ memorial panels! To attempt to describe the impact of the work is futile – that’s why the digital compilation is so instrumental. It is said that exploring the 6000 blocks would take a month’s time.
Whether you take the time to view the digital exhibit online, or intend to see the display of two large sections of the NAMES Project National AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Central Library, the memorial dedication in any form is a sobering reminder of the toll that the AIDS disease took.
Sunday, December 1
Ceremony in honor of World AIDS Day 2013 | Central Library
2 – 3 p.m.
Students, families, the faith community, and local AIDS/health/community organizations will be joined by elected officials to commemorate World AIDS Day with a Reading of the Names Ceremony.
Monday, December 2
Town Hall Meeting
6- 8 p.m.
Topic: The State of Sexual Health and Buffalo’s Youth
Wednesday, December 4
12 noon-2 p.m.