AIDS Quilt Display and Performance

With a message of remembrance, awareness and hope, two blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display Monday, Oct. 22 through Monday, Oct. 29 in the Cy-Fair College Branch Library.

“We are proud to be one of six Texas host sites for the AIDS Memorial Quilt as it tours the country in an effort to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS,” said Rose Botkin.

Founded in 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt serves as a visual reminder of the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS. The Quilt is made up of numerous blocks each measuring 12 feet square. Each block consists of eight panels sewn together by friends, lovers and families. And each of the more then 44,000 colorful panels that make up the entire Quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS.

Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the Quilt remains the largest community art project in the world. The Quilt has also been the subject of countless books, films, scholarly papers, articles, and theatrical, artistic and musical performances, including “Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt” which won the Academy Award as the best feature-length documentary film of 1989.

In addition to viewing the Quilt, the Cy-Fair College Reader’s Theatre will present “The Quilt: A Performance Celebrating the AIDS Memorial Quilt” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Recital Hall located in the Center for the Arts on the Barker Cypress Campus. Windows on the World is sponsoring this free community performance recommended for mature audiences only.

For information about the AIDS Memorial Quilt, visit www.aidsquilt.org.