April 21, 2006
Volume 34
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AIDS Memorial quilt to be displayed
AIDS Memorial quilt to be displayed
West Olympic Council of the Arts to host showing at RainFest in Forks

Kitsap Pride Foundation has given their first grant in Clallam County to West Olympic Council of the Arts to host a display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt during RainFest, April 20 to April 23, 2006.

One hundred ninety-two panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in Forks, Washington, April 20 to April 23 during the community's RainFest Celebration. In honor of the Quilt display, Governor Gregoire has proclaimed HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, April 20, 2006. This is the second display West Olympic Council for the Arts has hosted at Forks High School, the first was in 2001. The G-Unit's Advisory Class of Forks High School has been integral to the success of this year's display. The students have done a variety of tasks: write to the Governor for the proclamation, request posters from Aldo youth AIDS, mail invitations, clean pipe for the frames, write an article for the High School newspaper are just a few.

Each 12' x 12' section of the quilt consists of eight 3 x 6 foot panels, each one dedicated to someone who died of AIDS. Many of the sections scheduled for display are people from Washington State. New panels created to commemorate loved ones, family and friends lost to AIDS will be accepted during the display. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the world's largest community art project.

The Opening Ceremony is on Thursday, April 20th at 10:00 am. Reading the names of AIDS victims will be Michael Goodnow of Kitsap Foundation, Iva Burke- Clallam County Director of Public Health, City of Forks Mayor Nedra Reed, City of Forks Councilmember Bryon Monahan, Nancy Schiedermayer - Clallam County Forks Health Department Community Health Nurse. Students from Forks, members of WOCA, Soroptomist International of the Olympic Rainforest and other community members will unfold the AIDS Memorial Quilt for the display.

Friday, April 21, two HIV positive speakers will talk with students.

Kitsap Pride Foundation's grant is to provide transportation/meals to local school districts to visit the display at Forks High School's Spartan Gym and to pay for The Quilts. West Olympic Council for the Arts invited West Olympic Peninsula School Districts. Cape Flattery and Lake Quinault School Districts accepted the invitation. The Quileute Tribal School will visit The Quilt as well.

The Display will conclude with new panels being dedicated during a Memorial Service on Sunday, April 23 at 4:30 pm.

Throughout the display, names of AIDS victims will be read. Volunteers are welcomed, call 360-374-7710. Donations will be accepted.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed during Forks' community-wide arts celebration of RainFest, which runs from April 20th through April 23rd. Performing Arts, art shows, demonstrations and a Quilt show with quilt classes are featured during RainFest 2006.

Currently, two sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt are in Bank of America in Forks.

SCHEDULE: AIDS Memorial Quilt during RainFest

Forks High School, Spartan Gym

Opening Ceremony Thursday, April 20, 10 am

Thursday, April 20, 10am-7pm

Friday, April 21, 9am-7pm

Saturday, April 22, 10am- 6pm

Sunday, April 23, 11am-6pm

Memorial Service and panel dedication, Sunday, April 23, 4:30pm.

A West Olympic Council of the Arts press release

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