November 18, 2010


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell AIDS Committee will host The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University Dec. 1 through 7.

The display in the Samek Art Gallery will begin with an opening ceremony at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The ceremony will include an unfolding of the final panel by the board and staff members of AIDS Resource Alliance, a blessing by Rabbi Serena Fujita, Jewish chaplain at Bucknell, and a welcome by Bucknell provost Mick Smyer.

The opening ceremony will feature remarks by relatives of people whose quilt panels are included in the display: Mary Child Smoot, a 1981 Bucknell graduate and sister of Kevin Child, a 1989 Bucknell graduate, and Cathy Gustafson, sister of Jeffrey Lavell Donahoe. In addition, Freddi Carlip, representative with the Community Alliance for Respect and Equality (CARE), will speak.

The closing ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, with remarks by Ann Leachtenauer and Bucknell President John Bravman and a performance by the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative.

Each day during the display, members of the Bucknell and local community will participate in a continuous reading of names of those who have died of AIDS. Gallery hours during the AIDS Quilt display are: Dec. 1, noon to 7 p.m.; Dec. 2, 3, and 6, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 4 and 5, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Dec. 7, 11 a.m. through the closing ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m.

This is the fourth time a partial display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt has been exhibited at Bucknell. The displays have included panels representing local individuals who have died from HIV+/AIDS.

Largest community arts project
A poignant memorial begun in San Francisco in 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is a powerful tool for use in encouraging the prevention of 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 about 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, organizers say. For more information, see www.aidsquilt.org.

The Samek Art Gallery is on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center and is accessible by elevator. Admission is free. Gallery hours during the academic year are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekends 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

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