The AIDS Memorial Quilt returns to Washington, D.C. this summer in two inspiring ways.

First, sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display as part of this year’s Folklife Festival, June 27-July1 and July 4-8. Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the Aids Quilt is the first Festival program to focus exclusively on community craft and performance developed in response to crisis and grief. The Festival will commemorate the different and resourceful ways through which communities have worked to educate people and to cope with a health epidemic in modern times.

Second, the International AIDS Conference will be in Washington from July 22-27. During this conference, sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display on The National Mall and at more than 40 other locations throughout the metropolitan area, including Christ Church. Two quilt panels will be on display in the church and several quilt panels will be displayed daily in the church courtyard for public viewing from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Volunteers are needed to help with the quilt display. Please consider spending a few hours in the church courtyard this summer watching over the memorial panels, greeting those who walk through the courtyard and telling the stories behind the quilt’s creation.

If you are interested in participating in this volunteer opportunity please contact Michele Smith at or 703-778-4937.

By Michele Smith
Mission/Outreach Director