Community Invited to View AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel

November 30 2017
Category: Campus Life

AIDS Memorial Quilt

In observance of World AIDS Day, the Clarke Heather Center invites the community to view a portion of the original AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in the Campus Center now through December 3.

Additionally, on November 30, the Clarke Health Center team will be in the Campus Center from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to answer questions about HIV testing and provide educational information from the Arnot Health HIV Clinic.

Both of these activities are part of the World AIDS Day events sponsored by the Chemung County AIDS Task Force. Other community events include a candlelight vigil on December 1 at Wisner Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. During the vigil, names of local residents who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS will be read aloud.

Following the vigil is a walk to the Steele Memorial Library to view additional quilt panels there and at the Clemens Center upstairs lobby.

Of note, the quilt panel featured at Elmira College includes Ryan White, one of the first children with hemophilia to be diagnosed with AIDS. White and his family became activists for ending AIDS-related discrimination. Their efforts led to the passage of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency, or CARE Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1990.  

All of the quilt displays and events are free and open to the public. Candlelight vigil participants are encouraged to wear red and download the Red Candle or similar app in lieu of actual candles.

The Chemung County AIDS Task Force is composed of representatives from Arnot Health Ivy Clinic, Elmira City School District, Planned Parenthood, Southern Tier AIDS Program, Trinity of Chemung County, Elmira College, Chemung County Health Department, Family Services, and community volunteers.  Their ongoing mission is to educate the community about HIV/AIDS.