November 08, 2006


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Exhibition includes reading of names by community

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery will host a display of 16 blocks of The AIDS Memorial Quilt Nov. 29 through Dec. 5. The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

In addition, two blocks of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the lobby of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell.

Community invited to participate in reading

Members of the community are invited to participate by reading the names of the persons who have panels in The AIDS Memorial Quilt during the open hours of the Quilt display. Individuals who would like to participate in this traditional reading of the names are invited to sign up for a 10-minute slot by calling Bucknell University at 570-577-1375 or by email to quiltrdr@bucknell.edu.

The Quilt may be seen from noon on Nov. 29, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends 1 to 5 p.m., through the closing ceremony at 3 p.m. on Dec. 5. The Gallery is accessible by elevator and is free of charge.  For more Gallery information, see  http://www1.bucknell.edu/Samek/

The display is free and open to the public, as are three related events:

• The AIDS Memorial Quilt display will open Wednesday, Nov. 29, at noon in the Samek Art Gallery. The Opening Ceremony will include brief remarks from Bucknell University President Brian C. Mitchell and Bucknell Provost Mary DeCredico as well as the unfolding of the last quilt in the display.

• The World AIDS Day Reading and Remembrance will be held Friday, Dec. 1, at noon,  in the Samek Art Gallery. Bucknell international students will read from a collection of poetry from around the world which reflects the impact of the world-wide impact of HIV+ disease.

• A Closing Ceremony will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Samek Art Gallery to celebrate the end of the display and the continuance of a commitment to ongoing education about HIV+.

Memorial began in 1987

A poignant memorial begun in San Francisco in 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. Because The Quilt is too large to display in its entirety, smaller community displays are held all over the world.

Every block of The AIDS Memorial Quilt measures approximately 12-feet square, and usually contains eight individual three foot by six foot panels sewn together. Virtually every one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels that make up the Quilt memorializes the life of a person or persons lost to AIDS.

As the epidemic continues to claim lives around the world and in the United States, the Quilt continues to grow and to reach more communities with its messages of remembrance, awareness, and hope. For more information, see http://www.aidsquilt.org/

Posted Nov. 7, 2006

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