Local stories to be told at AIDS quilt reception in Vancouver
There were over 600 of them: one metre by two metre quilt panels, each created in the memory of someone who died of AIDS for the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt.
A special viewing of local panels will be held at a benefit for Positive Living BC's Complementary Health Fund.
The panels will be on display alongside the local One World—One Hope quilt, which was last displayed in 2006 in Toronto.
Vancouver artist Joe Average adapted this quilt, almost nine by ten meters, from his painting from the International AIDS Conference held in Vancouver in 1996.
The REINSPiRE reception will be hosted by Global BC's Deborrah Hope at Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athletes Way) from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday (September 5).
Guest speakers will share their stories about the quilt. There'll also be a live auction conducted by David C. Jones, a silent auction, entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails. For tickets and more information, visit the Positive Living BC website.
The quilt panels are part of the Names Project Canada, which aims to preserve and celebrate the names of those who have died of HIV– or AIDS–related illnesses. The project provides online access to viewing the approximately 70 sections, complete with names, of the quilt.