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Microsoft Research Connections and Partners Create Interactive AID/HIV Applications

Microsoft Research Connections partnered with the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab, Brown University, University of Iowa, National Endowment for the Humanities, NAMES Project Foundation, and others to create several interactive digital exhibits that allow the public to explore the largest work of community-created folk art in the world.

Apps include:
- A Digital Patchwork Masterpiece where you can view the entire quilt, block by block. Warning: It will take over a month to view the 6000 blocks comprised of 8 panels each!

- A 30 Year History of AIDS via ChronoZoom
An amazing ChronoZoom interactive timeline that chronicles the history of AIDS and includes Deep Zoom panoramas of the quilt at various stages in its creation.

If you want to learn more about what Microsoft Research is doing to find a cure for HIV, you can visit Next@Microsoft blog which describs how MSR researcher David Heckerman is using spam filtering technology to help find a vaccine for HIV.

For more information about the exhibits, click here.

Microsoft Research Connections partnered with the University of Southern
California Annenberg Innovation Lab, Brown University, Iowa State University,
National Endowment for the Humanities, NAMES Project Foundation, and others to
create several interactive digital exhibits that allow the public to explore
the largest work of community-created folk art in the world.

Apps include:
- A Digital Patchwork Masterpiece where you can view the entire
quilt, block by block. Warning: It will take over a month to view the 6000
blocks comprised of 8 panels each!

http://bit.ly/msraidsquiltzoom

- A 30 Year History of AIDS via ChronoZoom
An amazing ChronoZoom interactive timeline that chronicles the history of AIDS
and includes Deep Zoom panoramas of the quilt at various stages in its
creation.

http://bit.ly/chronozoomaidsquilthistory

If you want to learn more about what Microsoft Research is doing to find a cure for HIV, you can visit Next@Microsoft blog (http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2011/12/01/towards-a-vaccine-for-hiv_3a00_-microsoft-research-applies-learnings-from-spam-filtering.aspx)

describing how MSR researcher David Heckerman is using spam filtering technology to help find a vaccine for HIV.

For more information about the exhibits, click here.

http://bit.ly/msrquiltproject

Chef Ris Lacoste and ris Support The Quilt With A Prix Fixe Meal!

Support The Quilt/NAMES Project during Quilt In the Capital over an amazing “Honoring The Quilt” meal at acclaimed Washington restaurant RIS. 

“Honoring The Quilt”
Sunday, July 22 – Saturday, July 28
$50 prix fixe, local farm-to-table menu
($85 with wine pairing)

 

For more information and to make reservations, call 202.730.2500 or visit their website at  risDC.com

15% of proceeds will be donated to The Quilt / NAMES Project Foundation

A heartfelt thanks to Chef Ris Lacoste and RIS for supporting The Quilt and NAMES Project Foundation!

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Quilt in the Capital Menu

July 22-28, 2012
Chilled Cucumber “Vichyssoise”
with crème fraîche and dill croutons
Hazelnut Crusted Seared Sea Scallop
on a roasted beet salad with pink grapefruit, ginger caramel and white port vinaigrette
Linden Vidal Riesling, 2009, Virginia
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Genoa Cheese Ravioli
new potato cake with basil pesto, string beans and tomato eggplant fondue
Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay, 2011, Monticello, Virginia
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
with corn bacon ragoût, spinach and grilled pepper relish
Boxwood Estate Rosé, 2011, Middleburg, Virginia
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Peach Cobbler
with honey almond ice cream
Linden Late Harvest Petit Manseng, 2008, Virginia
$50 / $85 with wine pairings
15% of the proceeds from this menu will be donated to The Quilt/NAMES Project Foundation
The Quilt transforms statistics into souls, stigma into understanding, and complacency into action.

Partnerships Transform the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

The Power of Partnerships to Transform the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
The AIDS Quilt’s Power to Bring People Together 

On World AIDS Day 2011, President Barack Obama called attention to the vital role partnerships play in winning the fight against HIV/AIDS—partnerships between the government and the private sector have the power to change the course of the HIV epidemic and ensure that people living with HIV and AIDS get access to life-saving treatments.1 In other words, partnerships have the power to transform the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

As a strong supporter of these partnerships, Bristol-Myers Squibb is working with Quilt in the Capital 2012 during the momentous return of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt) to Washington, DC, this July. This event also marks the return of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) to the United States after 22 years abroad.

Over its 25-year history, the Quilt has commemorated the men, women, and children claimed by the epidemic—and it continues to be a compelling symbol of the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. The Quilt exemplifies the power of bringing together people from all backgrounds to foster dialogue, awareness, and action at every level. These partnerships are at the core of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s 20+ year commitment to join with the people and organizations working to end the epidemic.

Unfortunately, too many people lack access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment. One solution is to create strong and lasting partnerships that help drive policy initiatives aimed at reducing barriers to care.

“It takes the collaboration of many stakeholders to advance policies that support access to care and treatment for all people living with HIV. Bristol-Myers Squibb is a committed and key partner in this endeavor, having supported programs to strengthen community capacity to address HIV law and policy development needed at the local, state, and national levels.”

Robert Greenwald, JD
Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School
Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Access to HIV Care in the South exemplifies programming intended to strengthen community capacity by engaging private sector stakeholders with community-based organizations in Alabama that are working to meet challenges in overcoming barriers to HIV care. This and other Bristol-Myers Squibb-supported initiatives like Positive Charge, WithInSight®, and the State Healthcare Access Research Project (SHARP) are working to meet the unique needs of people living with HIV and AIDS.

“The domestic fight against HIV/AIDS will only be won with the support and engagement of the private sector and civil society at large. Bristol-Myers Squibb is leading the way in creating new public-private partnership opportunities to expand the HIV/AIDS care workforce, improve access to treatment and care, and create awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the most impacted regions of the United States. This type of leadership from a private company is a model we hope to see replicated over and over again; it is essential to our success in turning the tide of HIV domestically.”

Dawn Averitt Bridge
Founder, Coalition for National HIV Awareness Month
Founder and Chair, The Well Project
Nellysford, VA

The designation of July 2012 as the first annual National HIV Awareness Month shows how public-private partnerships have the ability to create awareness about HIV/AIDS, and spark renewed commitment and energy in those striving to end the epidemic. Bristol-Myers Squibb joined with the broad coalition supporting this event. Expanding the reach of public-private partnerships will also support those working to achieve the goals outlined by the United States National HIV/AIDS Strategy, including measures to address disparities and healthcare inequities for people living with HIV and AIDS and improving access to HIV treatment and care.

“For more than two decades, Bristol-Myers Squibb has been committed to discovering, developing, and delivering innovative therapies to treat HIV. We will not waver in our journey with the HIV community—or in our mission to ensure that people living with HIV have access to treatment.”

Douglas J. Manion, MD
Senior Vice President
Development, Neuroscience, Virology, and Japan
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Only one year after the Quilt was created, Bristol-Myers Squibb began its journey to bring antiviral therapies to market, and it continues to strive for advances in HIV therapy that might bring an end to the epidemic. As the Quilt is unfolded once again this July, tens of thousands will remember the journey of those who bravely fought the disease—also honoring the enduring commitment of those who continue to fight HIV and AIDS.

The Quilt is a living and growing memorial to those who have died from the epidemic. Each of the 48,000 hand-sewn panels of the Quilt serves to inspire those currently fighting the disease and bring hope for the day when panels are no longer needed to be sewn. As the largest community art project in the world, the Quilt shows how, working in partnership, we can win the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world.

1Remarks by the President on World AIDS Day. The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. June 18, 2012

Visit www.BMSImagesOfAIDS2012.com to view “Images of AIDS 2012” by Kelly Guenther.  Kelly won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for her contribution to the New York Times’ coverage of 9/11 and has a beautiful eye for capturing special moments.

POZ.com to Stream Live from Quilt In the Capital 2012

POZ.com to Stream Live from Quilt In the Capital 2012

POZ is an award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Offering unparalleled editorial excellence since 1994, POZ and poz.com are identified by its readers as their most trusted sources of information about the disease.

POZ will be doing live interviews on The National Mall during Quilt In the Capital 2012  and streaming them on POZ.com.  If you can’t make it to Washington, D.C. be sure to log on and see what’s happening between July 21 – 25, 2012 in our Nation’s Capital. (link to POZ.com)

Quilt 2012 Adds Two New Events!

From Darkness to Light
An Interfaith Service of Hope and Commitment

July 21 at 7 PM
Washington National Cathedral
Wisconsin Avenue NW at Massachusetts
Cost $4

This interfaith service of worship calls upon us to remember those we have
lost and those who continue in the struggle to live with dignity and worth in
the face of HIV/AIDS. Throughout the service faith leaders and faithful persons
from around the world will give witness to their faith which has supported them in
their journeys while we consider who we are and whose we in the midst of this pandemic.
The Quilt will be on display.  Purchase passes.

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Meet Author John Montandon

July 24 at 4:00 PM
The Quilt 2012 Store
1030 17th Street, NW Washington, DC
Free to attend; book $14.95 in paperback

Join The Quilt as we host author John Montandon
with his award winning book, By His Own Blood, winner – International Book Award
for best Non-Fiction Narrative. The story of his father’s death following a transfusion
of blood tainted with HIV, is a moving portrait of discovery, reconciliation and hope.

By His Own Blood is now available for purchase at The Quilt 2012 Store.

“By His Own Blood is the true story of the tragic death of my father,
“Doc” Montandon, by tainted HIV blood and a search for answers that
revealed to me the meaning of forgiveness and redemption.

Doc was a man of great character and the best man I have ever
known. In 1985, he was subjected to unnecessary exploratory
surgery and was transfused with bad blood. To make matters
worse, the incident was covered up and the gentle Texas farmer
was not apprised of his condition. After he began suffering from
the symptoms of AIDS, my father was refused help from the same community
hospital where this terrible act was perpetrated. ”

Official Website

Click here for more Quilt 2012 events.

Return to Lisner: A Forum on the State of HIV/AIDS

Save the date for a major community forum!

July 24, 2012 
Lisner Auditorium/George Washington University

The NAMES Foundation is pleased to join Whitman Walker Health and over 30 community organizations in presenting “Return to Lisner: A Forum on the State of HIV/AIDS.”

Whitman Walker hosted the first community forum about HIV/AIDS at Lisner in 1983 and this event features a panel of experts who will talk about the past, present and future of HIV/AIDS.  Additionally, the forum will have a keynote presentation by Jeanne White-Ginder, (mother of Ryan White) who has been on the front lines of the struggle since almost the beginning.

For complete information about the event and to register please visit www.whitman-walker.org/returntolisner.  Follow Whitman Walker Health on Twitter @whitmanwalker for regular updates about this event.

Desmond Tutu Blesses Panel From AIDS Quilt Returning to Washington

Quilt panels from St. George’s Cathedral, Capetown were blessed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on June 22 and sent on an 8,000 mile journey to The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. There  it will be a part in the Interfaith Healing Service during Quilt in The Capitol on July 21, 2012 but will also be incorporated into each of the Quilt displays July 22nd-24th on The National Mall.  It will be received by the State Department.  Read more.

Volunteer Support Needed for July 2 thru July 8

The Quilt is seeking additional volunteers to help us with The Quilt during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Monday July 2 thru July 8. Water and food are not provided, however there are water stations throughout the mall as well as food stations.

JULY 2 and JULY  3

OAS Building Support (Organization of the American States)
200 17th Street Northwest Washington, DC
Please go to the OAS building at the corner of Virginia and Constitution to the sculpture garden. Enter the garden and walk across the wood chips among the sculptures towards the benches and look for Charles Lahti – he will have a purple staff badge.

Volunteers will be laying out The Quilt, monitoring it throughout the day and putting it away at the end of each day. We will are meeting around 9:30 am and will hopefully be done by 5 pm. Bring friends if they want to come!! Also bring an ID so you can enter the building for heat respite.

WHAT TO BRING: We are expecting very hot weather, so please protect yourself with sunscreen, a hat, an umbrella a water bottle, and comfortable clothes. Shorts and light color tee shirts are highly recommended. Water stations are located in the area; please remember to stay hydrated. We cannot be responsible for personal items, so please only bring what you can keep with you.

Contacts:
Charles Lahti 917-763-2570
Ciro Caso, ciro@redthreadproductions.com

JULY  4 through JULY 8, 2012

The National Mall across from the Smithsonian Castle

REPORT TO: The Quilt Volunteer Check-In on the National Mall across from the Smithsonian Castle (nearest Metro stop: Smithsonian). By DC Circulator bus, the closest stop is 1st St. and Independence Avenue SE on the Union Station-Navy Yard Route.

WHAT TO BRING: We are expecting very hot weather, so please protect yourself with sunscreen, a hat, an umbrella, a water bottle, and comfortable clothes. Shorts and light color tee shirts are highly recommended.Water stations are located throughout the Mall; please remember to stay hydrated. We cannot be responsible for personal items, so please only bring what you can keep with you.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
Upon arrival, please check-in at the Volunteer tent between 9 and 10 AM. You will receive your name badge and your specific assignment for the day, and be trained. Volunteer training begins at 10:00 AM.

If you have questions or need to make any changes to your volunteer schedule, please email us at volunteer@aidsquilt.org, call us at (917) 297-1531, or see Volunteer Coordinator Ciro Caso in the Quilt Volunteer Check-In tent when you arrive. When leaving for the day, please check back in to return your badge.

Our biggest volunteers needs are at the beginning of each day (to layout out the Quilt) and the end of each day (to fold up the Quilt and put it away for the night). We hope you will be able to help us with these important tasks.

REMINDER: All volunteers and visitors to the Festival are invited to join us in one of the Quilt’s most meaningful traditions, the ceremonial reading of names. Names will be read daily throughout the Festival from 11 am to 5:30 pm at the Reader Stage.

Contact: Ciro Caso, ciro@redthreadproductions.com

Quilt 2012 Store Opens June 27 in DC!

Mark your calendars, tell your friends and warm up the marching band!  The Quilt 2012 store is slated to open June 27 for one month only and we need your help to spread the word!

Our store front is the perfect way to support The Quilt as it makes its way to Washington, D.C.  You can purchase Quilt 2012 merchandise, attend cool events, learn more about the Quilt, and HIV/AIDS.  So grab your friends and make a plan to visit us at 1030 17th Street, NW.   The Farragut North Metro is just around the corner.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with upcoming events planned specifically for the Quilt 2012 store.

Can’t get to the store in DC? No worries, visit our on-line store!

The Quilt 2012 Store
1030 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC