The Greater Denton Arts Council will open "Narrative Threads: The AIDS Memorial Quilt" with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 in the Meadows Gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St.
Eight sections of the gigantic AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on exhibit at the gallery. At the height of the epidemic, bereft families and friends memorialized their lost loved ones by making memorial quilt panels to add to the ongoing project. An additional 49,000 sections of the mammoth quilt will be visible through the AIDS Quilt Touch, a computer-based, interactive library of the quilt. The database is searchable.
Visitors can help annotate the stories presented by the quilt panels by sharing their own stories about family and friends remembered in the quilt.
"Narrative Threads" is presented in partnership University of Texas at Dallas and the NAMES Project Foundation. The arts council is a nonprofit agency that funds local arts initiatives through grants, offers arts programs for families and maintains two downtown galleries in the arts center.
"Narrative Threads" will run through Dec. 9. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
FEATURED IMAGE: In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 1992 file picture, volunteers and others walk on the 21,000 panel Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington. The Washington Monument is seen in the background. Sunday, June 5, 2011 marks 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the United States. Nearly 30 million people have died of AIDS since the first five cases were recognized in Los Angeles in 1981. About 34 million people have HIV now, including more than 1 million in the United States. (AP Photo/Shayna Brennan.)