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Notable Quotable: Julie Rhoad on the importance of the AIDS Memorial Quilt

"Once you can see yourself in that human story, you begin to care about it. Any number of touchstones transform that barrier of stigma and shame and phobia into understanding. We know that our job with the Quilt is not only to help the maker in their grief process, but to then use that memory effectively to teach the living.” -- Julie Rhoad, Executive Director, The NAMES Project

Read "Grief Knows No Color," our story on the NAMES Project in African-American communities in the newest issue of NEA Arts. In honor of World AIDS day, you may also be interested in our interviews with playwrights Tony Kushner (part 1 and part 2) and Larry Kramer who have both written groundbreaking plays on the AIDS crisis. 


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