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Four blocks of the Memorial AIDS Quilt are currently on display in the Grupp Fireside Lounge today (December 1) and tomorrow (December 2) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Founded in 1987, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world.  Each “block” (or section) of The AIDS Memorial Quilt measures approximately 12 feet square, and a typical block consists of eight individual three foot by six foot panels sewn together.  Virtually every one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels that make up the Quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS.

As the epidemic continues claiming lives around the world and here in the United States, the Quilt continues to grow and to reach more communities with its messages of remembrance, awareness and hope.

This display is sponsored by UNITY, the Canisius College’s gay-straight alliance. For more information please contact Chris Lauth at

Submitted by:  Katie Martoche, assistant director, campus programming & leadership development