In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1st and with the 30th Anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art will be displaying 6 blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt from December 2nd through December 7th at FWMoA.
Admission is free to see the quilt, however admission will apply if visitors wish to see other museum exhibits.
The idea for the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt was conceived in 1985 by AIDS activist Cleve Jones and is a memorial to celebrate the lives of people lost to the AIDS pandemic. Each panel is 3 feet (0.91 m) by 6 feet (1.8 m), approximately the size of the average grave to connect the idea of AIDS and death more closely. The Quilt is still maintained and displayed by The NAMES Project Foundation and the goal of the AIDS Memorial Quilt is to bring awareness to how massive the AIDS pandemic really is, and to bring support and healing to those affected by it. As of June 2016, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is composed of more than 49,000 panels on 5,956 blocks (blocks are the twelve foot square building blocks of The Quilt). Most blocks are composed of 8 separate panels, remembering the lives of eight individuals lost to AIDS. The Names Project continues to receive new panels each year honoring those who have died from AIDS.