The 48,000 hand sewn panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt are a tangible demonstration of love and loss, life and determination.
Join tens of thousands this summer to honor and celebrate those we’ve lost while breathing new life into the global fight against AIDS.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is now massive -- 48,000 panels measuring 50+miles and 54 tons -- but is cared for by a tiny team at the nonprofit in Atlanta. As the demographics of AIDS has evolved, so has the demographics of those who make panels to add to The Quilt -- and today, many of them are from communities with very little means to also donate for The Quilt's care and upkeep, as happened in the early days. Also a little known fact: NAMES loans panels of The Quilt for education and fundraising in communities nationwide -- and its practice has always been to ensure all monies raised stay in those communities, with none of it coming back to NAMES.
RIS is honored to offer a Quilt in the Capital tasting menu with local food and wine, to bring the Quilt locally to Washington, DC.