AIDS Memorial Quilt Returns to Connecticut College
In recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Connecticut College will host more than 70 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. This viewing is open to the community, beginning on Nov. 28 and continuing through Dec. 2 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at Tansill Theater.
Weighing 54 tons and composed of more than 48,000 panels dedicated to more than 94,000 individuals, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is the premier symbol of the AIDS pandemic and the largest ongoing piece of community folk art in the world. The quilt last came to Connecticut College in 2014.
“There is so much we can learn about compassion from the Quilt, for those lost as well as for those left behind,” said Ginny Anderson, assistant professor of theater and co-coordinator of the display. “Experiencing the Quilt in this way is rare. Often, it’s displayed as one section of nine panels, so being surrounded by the Quilt with nine complete sections in Tansill Theater is incredibly powerful.”
This event is co-sponsored by the Alliance for Living, the only HIV/AIDS service organization and resource center in southeastern Connecticut. The display is made possible through the support of a Holleran Center Margaret Sheridan Community Learning Grant; Connecticut College’s Co-Sponsorship Fund; The Academic Resource Center; Arts Programming; The Departments of Anthropology; Art; Art History; Dance; Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies; and Theatre; Gender and Sexuality Programs; and the Office of the Dean of the College.