When The Names Project Foundation came to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage conference room in Spring 2011 to discuss a Smithsonian Folklife Festival program about The AIDS Memorial Quilt, I asked if the program would include making new 3’ x 6’ panels to commemorate Smithsonian Institution colleagues and … Continue reading “Outing” Our Humanity: A Personal-Professional Reflection on the 2012 Creativity and Crisis Folklife Festival
The Women’s Collective was founded in 1993 by Patricia Nalls as a safe place for women and girls living with HIV/AIDS and their families to find care, support, and community. This story was filmed at the Center during a 2012 “Call My Name” quilting workshop conducted by The NAMES Project … Continue reading Women Making a Difference: The Women’s Collective, pt. 2
On March 3, 2012, a team from The NAMES Project Foundation came to The Women’s Collective in Washington, D.C., to conduct a “Call My Name” quilting workshop. Videography by Charles Weber and Brandon Callahan. Editing by Julia Narrow.
Gert McMullin, one of the original volunteers with The AIDS Memorial Quilt, reflects on her experiences during the early stages of the AIDS pandemic in San Francisco, and discusses what The Quilt has meant to her personally. Videography by Charles Weber. Editing by Julia Narrow and Ashlee Duncan.
The 2012 Folklife Festival was closed on one day due to storm damage. The Smithsonian and Festival teams worked tirelessly so that exhibits were ready for participants and visitors by the next day. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was impacted, but incurred only minor damage. This was a testament to the … Continue reading A Living Artifact of the Lives Lost in the Fight Against AIDS
Mike Smith, co-founder of The NAMES Project Foundation, discusses the inspirational power of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Through the story of Sue Caves, a woman who lost her son to the disease, he illustrates how the simple act of constructing a panel can ignite in someone the desire to take … Continue reading Power of the Panel
Known as the “Yo-Yo Queen” for her use of fabric medallions (yo-yos) to decorate quilts, Marquetta Bell-Johnson translates her skills as a textile artist into her role as a panel-making facilitator for The NAMES Project Foundation. At the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Bell-Johnson recounted the power of quilting to transform … Continue reading Marquetta Bell-Johnson: The Yo-Yo Queen