The public is invited to a special viewing from 5-9 p.m. on World AIDS Day — Thursday, Dec. 1.
The handmade tapestry is a memorial to the more than 92,000 individuals who have died from AIDS.
“The quilt began in San Francisco more than 20 years ago with a single 3-by-6-foot panel, and today this epic tapestry of hope and love includes more than 47,000 panels,” said Nadine Collier, an academic counselor for Baker College of Muskegon. “These panels have come from every state in the nation — and have been created by friends, lovers and family members in an attempt to transform loss and heartbreak into hope and healing.”
Established in 1987, the Names Project Foundation is the international caretaker of the quilt, and works to preserve, care for and use it as a tool to foster healing, advance social justice and inspire action.
Sections of the quilt are on display across the country — in schools, places of worship, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings — in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate. To date, more than 19 million people around the world have seen the quilt.