FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 19, 2003
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
AIDS Memorial Quilt to be Displayed at Eastern Michigan, Dec. 1
YPSILANTI - The largest display in Michigan of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be in Eastern Michigan Universitys Convocation Center Monday, Dec. 1. In observance of World AIDS Day, 15 blocks of the quilt will be available for public viewing 11 a.m. 3 p.m. The Convocation Center is located at 799 N. Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti.
Each 12-foot square block is made
up of eight panels bearing the name of at least one AIDS victim. Panels were
made and donated by friends, spouses, parents, children or other family members
who have lost someone to the disease.
Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the quilt is the largest community art project in the world. If all blocks were attached, the quilt would cover eight football fields and weigh an estimated 54 tons.
This is an opportunity for
the EMU community to connect with the community at large and get good health
information out on AIDS, said Beth Davis Cahimba, health education coordinator
at EMUs University Health Services. Cahimba arranged for the quilt to
be displayed at EMU.
The NAMES Project Foundation has
been the caretaker of the quilt since 1987. It was organized to illustrate the
enormity of the AIDS crisis and to reveal something of the lives behind the
statistics. For more information on the display, contact Cahimba at 734.487.2226.
Eastern Michigan University is a
public, comprehensive metropolitan university that offers programs in the arts,
sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills
and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better