LIVING QUILT PROGRAM
Today, the face of HIV/AIDS
looks different than it did in the beginning of the pandemic. More and more people are living with the disease from
all walks of life. International AIDS Prevention Initiative ("IAPI")
was inspired to create our Living Quilt Program from an activity created
by The Leake & Watt's Children's Center in Yonkers, NY. One of
their support groups for People With HIV/AIDS ("PWA") created "Living" sections
by decorating faces of themselves to express how they see themselves living
with the disease. IAPI liked the concept and decided to incorporate "Living" sections
with our "Commemorative" sections.
The program has two types of Quilts: "Living" sections comprised of
faces made by PWAs to reflect themselves and their personalities, and "Commemorative" sections
that anyone can make to remember someone they have lost to AIDS. Both Living
and Commemorative are 12" or 18" squares, and are sewn together to
show that we remember both equally. Sections become the ownership of those
creating them, and does not become apart of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
We offer HIV/AIDS Conferences, agencies, support groups, etc. to create their
own Living Quilt, and display them where everyone can see them. By displaying
them in their own lobbies, offices, classrooms for everyone to see, they can
serve as daily HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention tool. Participants can
decide whether to have your sections grow by adding squares, or create new sections
as deemed appropriate for your organization.
Instructions for make a "Living Quilt" section:
Those wishing to begin a Living Quilt need to determine the size in which you'd
like to make. They can be 12" or 18" squares, but should be the
same size for consistency. The PWA "Living" sections are faces
that are cut out of felt (the color depicting the ethnicity of the individual),
and decorated to reflect their personalities and how they picture themselves.
The faces are then attached to a 12" or 18" square. The "Commemorative" Quilt
include a person's name who has died from AIDS, and add anything else to reflects
your memory of them. Should a PWA who has created a "Living" Quilt
pass away, we encourage an organization to create something like an angel, star,
or cloud noting their passing. This allows Living Quilts to truly reflect
the face of HIV/AIDS.
When Your Section is Complete:
Living Quilt are not intended to be included with the NAMES Project Foundation. They
become the property of the agency, conference, or organization who created them. Some
choose to share their sections with others, or use them for their own outreach
and awareness campaigns.
Additional details are available on our website under the panelmaking icon.
If you wish to make a panel to be included in the AIDS Memorial Quilt, these
directions and information can be found in our panelmaking section on this website,
or with The NAMES Project
For further questions contact us at: IAPIniatiative@aol.com