AIDS Quilt 35th Anniversary Display - Reader Sign-Ups - June 11 & 12

AIDS Quilt 35th Anniversary Display - Reader Sign-Ups - June 11 & 12

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Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park

320 Bowling Green Dr

Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, CA 94118

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We're looking for more than 400 name readers for this event!

About this event

The National AIDS Memorial welcomes the community to participate at a special event that will mark the 35th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt with an historic outdoor display in Golden Gate Park.

This large-scale, on-the-ground Quilt Display will be the largest Display in San Francisco history and the largest display of the Quilt in a decade.

Set up occurs on Friday June 10, with the Display taking place Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12.

At each major Display, names from the Quilt are read aloud. You can participate in the meaningful and emotional ritual. We are looking for more than 400 Name Readers for this Display. All the Reader shift titles and times are listed below as tickets. You may confirm your Reader shifts by selecting ticket options and providing your name, email address, and mobile phone number.

If you have questions about signing up to read names please email Joanie Juster at



Readers will participate in the Quilt Display by reading aloud a list of names from the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Each Reader will read for 1 to 2 minutes.



There are more than 600 event volunteer shifts available for this event; you may sign up via this EventBrite page for those additional volunteer opportunities:


Event Name:

AIDS Memorial Quilt 35th Anniversary Display

Event Dates:

Saturday, June 11 — 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday, June 12 — 10:0 AM to 5:00 PM

The free public Display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, featuring nearly 3,000 panels of the Quilt, will take place on June 11 & 12 from 10 am – 5 pm each day in Robin Williams Meadow. An opening ceremony and traditional Quilt unfolding will start at 9:30 am on the 11th, followed by the continuous reading of names of lives lost to AIDS aloud by volunteers, dignitaries, and the public on both days.

Visitors will be able to walk through the display to experience each panel, remember the names, and see first-hand the stories sewn into each of them. Featured Quilt blocks will include many of the original panels made during the darkest days of the pandemic and panels made in recent years, a solemn reminder that the AIDS crisis is still not over.

There will be panel-making workshops, community information booths, stories behind the Quilt, displays of memorabilia, and the ability for the public to share their personal Quilt stories.

More than 100 new panels will be seen for the first time at the San Francisco display. Many of them were made through the Memorial’s Call My Name panel-making program, which helps raise greater awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS in communities of color, particularly in the South, where HIV rates are on the rise.

Today, the Quilt, considered the largest community arts project in the world, is under the stewardship of the National AIDS Memorial and has surpassed 50,000 individually sewn panels with more than 110,000 names stitched into its 54 tons of fabric. The Quilt continues to connect the history of the AIDS pandemic to the ongoing fight against stigma and prejudice through hundreds of community displays throughout the country and educational programs that reach millions of people each year.

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