+15 WINDOW EXHIBITION
LOCATION – CALGARY CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS
225, 8th Avenue S.E, CALGARY, ALBERTA
World AIDS Day was observed for the first time on December 1, 1988 after a summit of health ministers from around the world called for a spirit of social tolerance and a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS. This year, World AIDS Day’s theme, One World, One Hope, encourages global unity as a strategy to overcome the challenges presented by HIV/AIDS.
In 1987, San Francisco gave birth to the NAMES Project, an organization to manage a collection of cloth panels designed as memorials to those who have died from AIDS. These quilted panels were gathered in a permanent and ever-growing monument called The AIDS Memorial Quilt. When the quilt toured Canada during 1989, several Canadian cities received hundreds of new panels from which the first sections of the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt were sewn. Canada is now one of more than 30 countries with an AIDS Memorial Quilt and new panels continue to be added.
In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Stride Gallery, in collaboration with the NAMES Division at AIDS Calgary, will exhibit a section of the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt in their window space which is located on the +15 walkway joining the Calgary Performing Arts Centre and the Glenbow Museum.