AIDS Quilt

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I’m sorry. I have no excuse for not writing for a week. Well, actually, I do. School. School is my excuse, and I’ll be glad to give you the names and numbers of my professors that have tortured me over the past week with unimportant tasks. I think they’re unimportant anyway, but maybe that’s because I have less than three months until I graduate.

I was randomly talking to someone about the AIDS Quilt the other day, saying that I might have it be a topic for my blog. Well, come to find out, it’s here at CMU today and tomorrow. Very random.

This quilt was first started by a bunch of activists in California in 1987. It made its first debut on the Washington Mall in D.C. that year, and people were just in awe of it. This thing weighs 54 tons…I can’t really comprehend in my head how heavy that is. Known as the largest community art project in the world, the quilt has traveled all over for people to see. When I was a freshman in college, the quilt came to Central. I volunteered to count people as they came in and to monitor the area. I didn’t really know what the quilt was all about until I got there. It’s really interesting to see all the different panels and designs. Check out the website, and if you go to CMU or you’re nearby, take the opportunity to see this thing. It’s pretty amazing and will put it all in to perspective for you.