AIDS quilt panels on display for remembrance service at UU Ventura Church

Four 12×12 foot panels from the famed AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street on Sunday, October 28 from 9:30 to 12 as part of an annual service of remembrance. The Rev. Dana Worsnop, senior minister at the church, said, “We are honored to be among the venues where the Names Project Quilts will be displayed during AIDS Awareness Month. We invite the community to join in our service, ‘Remember Their Names,’ where we will embrace all those we have lost to AIDS.”

The quilt panels, which have not been displayed publicly in 20 years, are being brought out by the Quilt Project Gold Coast, a bi-county nonprofit that uses quilt panels to “remember the names” and create awareness around HIV/AIDS prevention and history.

The Quilt was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is today the largest community art project in the world. The Quilt has been the subject of countless books, films, scholarly papers, articles, and theatrical, artistic and musical performances; “Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt” won the Academy Award as the best feature-length documentary film of 1989.

Contributions to offset the cost of the campaign, such as fabrics and other materials, are welcome by contacting Quilt Project Gold Coast at (805) 569-0561.

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