In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, the Western North Carolina AIDS Project is bringing the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Asheville’s Pack Place Promenade for a week-long exhibit, on display now through Monday, Dec. 1 (closed on Thanksgiving Day). The title of the event is The AIDS Memorial Quilt: A Tapestry of Lives. Approximately 160 individual quilts will be included in the exhibit, which is free to the public and will feature nightly live music from local musicians. Sponsors for the project are Pack Place, Steak & Wine Restaurant, Ashford Mortgage Services and Out in Asheville.
Acclaimed international actress and Asheville resident Andie MacDowell is this year’s honorary spokesperson. “World AIDS Day is a reminder and an opportunity for each of us to recommit to the fight against AIDS,” says MacDowell. “The battle is not over and millions of people need our help now more than ever. Help educate others by talking about AIDS. Your voice and actions are our most powerful weapons we have to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS.”
On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, the exhibit will culminate with an Interfaith Candlelight Memorial Vigil in honor of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. For more information on this event, visit www.wncap.org and click on “World AIDS Day” or call 252-7489.