CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 96,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view in Corpus Christi through Friday.
Located at the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation (2882 Holly Road), this free exhibition is hosted by the Mosaic Project of South Texas. Visitors may view the display from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This historic visit will mark the first time since October 1997 that the AIDS Memorial Quilt has been to the Coastal Bend.
It began with a single 3x6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 49,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS.
Coming up on Saturday, all are invited to a viewing of the Emmy-award winning HBO film “The Normal Heart,” based on the Tony-Award winning screenplay by Larry Kramer about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. The evening event will run from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and will include a panel discussion with local survivors and community activists at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Corpus Christi (6901 Holly Road). Activities will continue with “A Celebration of Life” at 10 p.m. at the Hidden Door (802 S. Staples).
For more information, contact David Villarreal with the Mosaic Project of South Texas at (361) 906-9020 or Bill Hoelscher at (361) 814-2001.