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NAMES Project New York City Newsletter
Spring 1997
Articles:
Classic Panel Project
National Interfaith Program Takes on New Partner
World AIDS Day 1996

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Classic Panel Project (Spring 1997)
By Clarissa Crabtree

1997 marks the 10th anniversary of the NAMES Project Foundation. Although we are not eager to 'celebrate' this event, we do need to commemorate it and to remind our community that the epidemic continues to kill people. As part of our mission to provide, through our panelmaking workshops, safe havens for people to grieve and begin to heal, NAMES Project New York City will collaborate with NYC-based classical arts organizations to remember artists and staff from the world of opera and classical music. With the assistance of Classical Action, the AIDS service organization of the classical music industry, we will conduct panelmaking workshops for performing arts groups based at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as individual artists, management and record companies. Next fall, in time for the 10th anniversary of the Quilt, we will host a benefit to display and dedicate these new Quilt panels.

Based on the 'Designer Panels' project the Chapter developed with the design industry several years ago, this program is also a pilot project for the chapter network. While the Designer Panels project was very successful with designers, including, Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabanna, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan contributing panels for the Quilt, it was strictly a New York centered event. With the continued support of Classical Action, NAMES Project chapters across the country will be able to create their own Classic Panels events with the performing arts organizations in their communities. Volunteers wishing to participate in this project should call the Chapter office.


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National Interfaith Program Takes On New Partner (Spring 1997)
By Clarissa Crabtree

The African-American community continues to be affected by HIV in increasingly large and disproportionate numbers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that by the year 2000, 50% of all AIDS cases in the United States will be among African-Americans and among teens, African-Americans make of 42% of all AIDS cases. Balm in Gilead is an eight-year old New York City based organization devoted to mobilizing and educating the African-American community about HIV and AIDS through community churches. NAMES Project Executive Director Anthony Turney met with Balm's Executive director Pernessa Seele to discuss ways in which the two organizations could work together to achieve their common goals and their collaboration will begin this year. Working through a network of 2000 churches across the country the partners will look not only for ways to bring the Quilt to more African-American churches but also to encourage more African-American involvement with the Quilt.

This partnership expands the National Interfaith Quilt Program which began as a pilot program between the NAMES Project and the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition in 1993 to bring Quilt to Episcopal congregations. In 1995 the program was expanded when the Foundation joined the AIDS National Interfaith Network to bring Quilt to diverse faith communities throughout the country.

NAMES Project NYC welcomes Balm in Gilead and looks forward to working with their member churches in our area. Brochures about the Interfaith Program are available from Outreach Chair Jeff Bosacki.


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World AIDS Day 1996 (Spring 1997)
By Jeff Bosacki

With the very late arrival of the Quilt from San Francisco to our distribution center at local District Council 1707, we had lots of logical problems to quickly resolve. Thanks to the support of DC 1707, Elba Marmolejos, receptionists and staff members, we used the Union's auditorium to handle the pickups, storage, and returns of the Quilt. A good part of Thanksgiving weekend was spent making special deliveries to take Quilt to those who arrived before the Quilt did. Thanks to everyone for their patience.

With plans already underway for World AIDS Day 1997 (WAD97) we reflect on the success of our efforts to commemorate this worldwide day of remembrance. We displayed 100 12ft x12ft sections in 61 locations in the five boroughs of New York City, New Jersey, and Albany, NY, had over 41,000 visitors view the Quilt and raised over $3,000 in honorariums. We received incredible press coverage for all five boroughs on New York One all Thanksgiving weekend, and on CNN for panels on display at St. John the Divine. Thanks to the efforts of students and teacher, Maureen Stefanide, we received 15 new panels from Park West High School. We also received one entire 12ftx12ft from John Jay High School as well as many other schools, medical centers and organizations. We exceeded our goals in educating High School students, government workers and employees of corporations. Our thanks to volunteers: Ben McLaughlin, Jane Thompson, and Dominic DeSantis for helping with the distribution of the Quilt. And a special thanks to Wendy Hoefler in Staten Island who doubled display locations from last year. All of you are very much appreciated.

Those interested in using the Quilt this year, please contact Jeff Bosacki for a WAD97 Panel Request Form to be sent to you or your organization. All requests must be submitted by October 1, 1997. Special panel requests are due by August 15th.


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