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2012 Festival Video - Creativity and Crisis

Creativity and Crisis Program Introduction

Staff of The NAMES Project introduce us to Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt, a program of theRead More


Honoring Kenny Williams

On May 20, 2012, a community of friends gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, to celebrate the life of Kenny Williams, a dearRead More


Displaying The Quilt

Joanie Juster, Reader Coordinator for  The NAMES Project Foundation, joined a Festival panel to discuss the first public displays ofRead More


A Day in the Life of The AIDS Memorial Quilt

The last time The AIDS Memorial Quilt was unfolded in its entirety was October 1996 on the National Mall inRead More


HIV/AIDS through Spoken Word: Mary Bowman’s “Dandelion”

Poet and spoken word artist Mary Bowman was born HIV-positive. Bowman’s words express her personal experience with HIV/AIDS and illuminateRead More


Sharing The Quilt’s History

Joan Juster, panel maker and names reader coordinator, discusses the origins of The AIDS Memorial Quilt with Mike Smith, co-founderRead More


More Quilt Magic

Gert McMullin and Jada Harris of The NAMES Project Foundation share stories of “Quilt Magic,” the serendipity that surrounds TheRead More


Marquetta Bell-Johnson: The Yo-Yo Queen

Known as the “Yo-Yo Queen” for her use of fabric medallions (yo-yos) to decorate quilts, Marquetta Bell-Johnson translates her skillsRead More


Power of the Panel

Mike Smith, co-founder of The NAMES Project Foundation, discusses the inspirational power of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Through the storyRead More


A Living Artifact of the Lives Lost in the Fight Against AIDS

The 2012 Folklife Festival was closed on one day due to storm damage. The Smithsonian and Festival teams worked tirelesslyRead More