The AIDS Memorial Quilt was started in June of 1987 to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to be used as a tool to help the world understand the impact of the disease. More than 20 years later the Quilt remains a reminder of a pandemic that still exists. As Washington, DC hosts the International AIDS Conference, sections of the Quilt are on display on The National Mall and at more than 40 other locations throughout the Washington, D.C. area from July 21- 25. Most venues will be open from 10 am to 5 pm during this time.
The Quilt consisting of 48,000 panels has rarely wholly been on display. With the advancement of technology however, a collaboration of researchers and academicians have created a digitized quilt that allows for more accessibility and the ability to search panels by name.
If you are interested in expressing yourself, ONE and (RED) recently launched (2015) Quilt to engage a new generation in fighting the pandemic where anyone can create a panel. Learn more about their campaign for the beginning of the end of AIDS here.