AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display at Naropa University

AIDS Memorial Quilt logoBOULDER, Colo. (April 11, 2013)--Naropa University is pleased to announce that selected panels of The NAMES Project Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at its Nalanda Campus, in correlation with "Gay Fantasia," the thesis production of MFA: Contemporary Performance student Matthew Kerns. "When I thought about making a piece surrounding gay history, a local viewing of The Quilt immediately came to mind," says Kerns. "The Quilt is symbolic of community, shrine, and the power of art." The Quilt will be on display April 15 through April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. A special opening reception will take place on Monday, April 15, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHAT: The NAMES Project Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt display
WHEN: Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Opening reception Monday, April 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Naropa University's Nalanda Events Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
COST: Free and open to the public

Made up of panels dedicated to thousands of people lost to HIV and AIDS, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the pandemic, and serves as an important tool for awareness and education, healing, and raising funds. "Studying The Quilt opened my eyes to the countless stories of people who perished," explains Kerns. "I have fallen in love with all of them. I have mourned them. I have wondered what this world would have been like if they would have stayed in it?These people fought society, religion, and politics while racing to educate themselves in searching for a cure."

Among The Quilt panels on display at Naropa will be a panel for Mark Sikorowski, dear friend of Naropa School of the Arts administrative specialist, Liz Acosta, who personally requested the meaningful panel's inclusion. "It's so important to be reminded that people did indeed give their lives and made deep efforts towards fighting injustice so that others would know freedom in the future," says Acosta. "And when your life has been touched by one of these individuals, it feels even more deeply profound that 'just regular folks' are the ones who step up and work for change. I am grateful that Matt has offered to awaken that recognition in us. Naropa, in sharing the AIDS Quilt as a community, is bearing witness to the love and strength of another community."

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Matt Peterson at mpeterson@naropa.edu or 303-546-3549 to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation's mission is to preserve, care for, and use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the struggle against HIV and AIDS. Weighing 54 tons and composed of more than 48,000 panels dedicated to more than 94,000 individuals, The Quilt is displayed at nearly one thousand venues each year. In organizing programs and activities around the AIDS Memorial quilt, The NAMES Project aspires to provide a creative means for remembrance and healing, increase general awareness and education, fundraise, and effectively illustrate the enormity of the AIDS epidemic. For more information, please visit www.aidsquilt.org.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education.  This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies. To learn more: www.naropa.edu.

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