A portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest public art project in the country, will be on display on Sunday, June 14, at the Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa.
The display in honor of LGBT Pride Month, will include 72 quilts hung throughout the sanctuary and photographs of another 168 projects that will be projected on a screen. In addition, a documentary film about the origin of the AIDS Quilt Project will be shown continuously throughout the day.
Every year the sponsoring NAMES Project unfolds sections of the massive quilt at thousands of locations around the country.
The idea for an AIDS Memorial Quilt began in March 1985 when Bay Area gay activist Cleve Jones, during an annual candlelight memorial to slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, grabbed Milk’s old bullhorn and exhorted the crowd to write down the name of names of loved ones who had died of AIDS and tape the panels to the old Federal Building in United Nations Plaza.
Noting how much the display looked like a quilt, Jones had the idea of creating a public quilt project, and made the first square himself a year later in honor of his friend Marvin Feldman. Since The NAMES Project Foundation was formally organized in 1987, the quilt has grown to more than 48,000 panels.
The quilt will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no charge for admission. Congregation Shomrei Torah is located at 2600 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. For more information call 578-5519. For more information about The NAMES Project contact AIDSquilt.org.