The AIDS Memorial Quilt was begun in 1987 by Cleve Jones in San Francisco, California. The intention was to memorialize those who had died from AIDS and to artistically protest the ignorance and unwillingness of government authorities to effectively deal with HIV and AIDS. Since then, the Quilt has played a major role in breaking the silence in the US and in countries around the world. The United States Quilt has been displayed in its entirety in Washington, DC five times (1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, and 1996), and in component parts hundreds of times in other cities around the world.
In the US and in Europe, advances in medical treatment are allowing more people to live with HIV/AIDS. The situation in the developing world is drastically different. Millions of people are infected with HIV in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and South America. In many cases local authorities are not dealing effectively with the rising numbers of people infected by HIV and living with HIV/AIDS, and the far reaching cultural and economical consequences.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt continues to significantly contribute in raising awareness and helps break the silence and stigma of the disease in these countries. The Quilt is a powerful instrument to bring a direct and emotional connection to the personal loss and suffering of HIV/AIDS.
Today, there is an existing network of more than 30 AIDS Quilts Affiliates throughout the world. Global Quilt, an NGO based in the Netherlands, was formed in 2004 to mobilize this network of Affiliates, share programs to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and create global awareness in countries where the need is greatest. Unfortunately, some have become inactive or have closed their doors because of lack of funding or volunteers.
Global Quilt's mission is to use the International AIDS Memorial Quilt to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS, to counter silence and stigma, and to honor the memory of people who have died from HIV/AIDS. Global Quilt and its affiliates focus on countries where HIV/AIDS meets with stigma and rejection, especially countries in the southern hemisphere and where there is a low level of awareness and action to fight the impact of the disease.
Aims of Global Quilt:
- To effectively link International Quilt initiatives throughout the world to a global twinning/partnering program and provide information exchange and technical assistance;
- To create an international display calendar of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt;
- To link Quilt affiliates with other global organizations such as GNP+, other International Quilt Affiliates, and the International HIV AIDS Alliance;
- To assist in creating new Quilt initiatives in countries to help break the silence around HIV/AIDS;
- To show the International AIDS Memorial Quilts in all possible meetings and places.
Programs have been developed specifically for international partners, using tools that include the International AIDS Memorial Quilt, to bring a message of hope, remembrance, and to raise awareness of the disease. Programs are available for corporations, health related institutions, places of worship, schools and universities, HIV/AIDS conferences, World AIDS Day, and prevention seminars throughout the world.
Through international partners and affiliates, Global Quilt arranges displays of the International AIDS Quilt around the world to enhance education, prevention, and outreach efforts. In return, it offers programs for fundraising, empowerment, technical assistance, panelmaking workshops, and information sharing.
Global Quilt and its network hopes to provide program continuity and increase the potential for growth and development of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Founders of the Global Quilt Network
Jeff Bosacki - Board President of International AIDS Prevention Initiative (IAPI); initiator of the US-South African twinning activities, has brought the Quilt to South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and many Caribbean countries. Mr. Bosacki has organized more than 100 displays of the Quilt in the United States and around the world.
Deny de Jong: (former) co-ordinator of the Euro-Quilt network, initiator and organizer of the Gay Games European Quilt Tour 1998, and 10 global Quilt exhibitions including all major exhibitions of the Quilt during the World AIDS conferences since 1992. Mr. de Jong is one of the Directors of the Dutch NAMES Project.
Global Quilt is led by a board of committed persons representing all continents. Board Members of Global Quilt include:
Europe: Deny de Jong, Netherlands
USA: Jeffry B. Bosacki, New York
Asia: Nenet Ortgea, Philippines
Australia: Colin Krycer, Melbourne
So. America: Barbara Martinez, Venezuela
ANNEX TO GLOBAL QUILT
Relationship to Global Quilt International with International AIDS Prevention Initiative (formerly NAMES Project-NYC):
IAPI was initially created to reach New York City's own HIV/AIDS population. As New York is the epicenter of HIV/AIDS in the United States, the idea of initially sistering African communities with African-Americans to help assist in prevention/education efforts became a successful partnership. This success has inspired work in the Caribbean, Latin America, and countries that reflect New York's multi-cultural population. The organization has expanded its work to other HIV/AIDS high-risk cities within the USA, and develops partnerships with disenfranchised populations and their native countries. IAPI developed most of the programs available to its international partners. It will continue to manage these programs and offer programs to USA partners. In collaboration with Global Quilt, it hopes to continue to create new programs for countries with special needs, and work to expand to potential future international countries in need.
In the coming year, Global Quilt plans to
- Create a global website in order to actively link up all relevant stakeholders;
- Create co-operation agreements with GNP+ and other HIV/AIDS alliance networks to create co-operatives worldwide with current and future Quilt projects and NGO's;
- Provide technical assistance, programming, and initiatives for co-operative Quilt work in countries needing HIV/AIDS awareness raising;
- Develop sub-committees from International Quilt Affiliate network to mobilize Global Quilt's work.
World Displays (partial listing):
1999: World Parliament of Religions Conference, South Africa; South Africa Rugby Stadium tour 2000: Nat. Conference on African-American & AIDS, NYC; DIRE AIDS - Book Fair, Torino, Italy; Int'l AIDS Conference, Durban, So Africa 2001: Nat. Conference on African-American & AIDS, NYC; Western Cape (Cape Town) School tour; World AIDS Day, Haiti 2002: Nat. Conference on African-American & AIDS, NYC; Int'l AIDS Conference, Barcelona, Spain; Western Cape (Cape Town) School tour; World AIDS Day; Haiti, World AIDS Day, Jamaica 2003: Nat. Conference on African-American & AIDS, Philadelphia; Gay Games, Sydney, Australia; World Church Conference, Berlin, Germany; Western Cape (Cape Town) School tour; World AIDS Day; Haiti, World AIDS Day, Jamaica, World AIDS Day, Puerto Rico 2004: Nat. Conference on African-Americans on AIDS, Philadelphia; National Conference on Latin-Americans on AIDS, Philadelphia; Points of Light/National Community Service Conference, Kansas City; International AIDS Conference, Bangkok, Thailand; World AIDS Day; Haiti, World AIDS Day, Jamaica
International AIDS Prevention Initiative & Global Quilt
International AIDS Prevention Initiative
Jeffry B. Bosacki
75 Varick St, Suite 1404
New York, NY 10013 USA
e-Fax: (734) 758-0466
Deny de Jong
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1011 HR