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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Art Aids Art at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Creativity in Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Art Aids Art is proud to participate in the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.
A focal point of the event is Creativity in Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt, recognizing the power of the arts to heal in times of trauma and grief. It's hard to believe that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the NAMES Foundation's AIDS Quilt (and the 30th anniversary of AIDS). The world’s largest piece of community art with over 48,000 panels, it was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

If you’ve ever seen the quilt in person, I’m sure you haven’t forgotten the experience. I remember the last time it came to the Rose Bowl as if it was yesterday. From afar, the Quilt's massive size takes your breath away. Up close, the messages and sentiments expressed in each panel tear your heart in half… and perhaps incite a bit of seething rage at forces that have slowed medical advances and multiplied the suffering of those who have suffered with symptoms and stigmas (and all too often perished).

From July 4-8 at the Folklife Festival, Art Aids Art is exhibiting the art and handcrafts of 25 individual artisans and 5 collectives to highlight ways in which South African communities are responding to poverty and disease in innovative and resourceful ways. If you live near the capital, we urge you to visit. Let’s work together to conquer HIV/AIDS and to advocate for the human rights of those carrying the virus.

If you know anyone who has died of AIDS, we invite you to click the comment link below and leave them a message.

Photos courtesy of The Names Project Foundation.

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