The NAMES Project
In September 2019, The NAMES Project became one of our newest programs. The Albany Damien Center is the NY Capital Region Chapter and the only one in New York State, and now one of the ten nationwide chapters of the project. It is a great honor to be facilitating and maintaining the NAMES Project as a champion for this historical National Treasure.
The primary mission of the New York Capital Region NAMES Project is to use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to provide HIV prevention education. The Quilt provides a creative means for remembrance and healing, and it has proven to increase public awareness by illustrating the enormity of the AIDS epidemic.
The Quilt is a powerful visual tool. Raising public awareness of the AIDS pandemic allows community members to engage in open dialogue, which reduces the fears and stigma attached to the disease.
On December 3rd and 4th, 80 Quilts will be proudly displayed in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center for World AIDS Day. We will also be displaying quilts at the annual AIDS Walk and Festival in Washington Park, Albany, NY.
For information or how to get involved, please contact Jay Shufelt at JShufelt@albanydamiencenter.org or 518-449-7119 x 126.