AIDS Quilt Touch

Worked as a Research Assistant from 2015 – 2017.

What: AIDS Quilt Touch is a project of augmenting and expanding the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

When: The project started in 2001 and, led by Anne Balsamo and Dale MacDonald, went through many different phases, in which people from diverse institutions collaborated. The project got an National Endowment for the Humanities in 2011 and 2014.
I joined as a Research Assistant in 2015 and worked in the newest version of the AIDS Quilt Touch Table and the AIDS Quilt Touch Web App until 2017. I continue to occasionally collaborate with the project as needed. Projects of AQT I worked on include the organization of displays and exhibitions; the curation of the new iteration of the project, called “Threads and Tours”; production of videos and interviews (my most recent contribution is a video about the history of the Quilt for the National AIDS Memorial, the new stewards of the Quilt); planning and installation of a touch table and kiosks at the headquarters of the NAMES Foundation in Atlanta, GA.

Display History Highlights:
Please note: I am only listing here displays I was involved with.

2018 – 2019 – UT Dallas HIV/AIDS Day, The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX.
March of 2019 – Dedication ceremony at Nelson Tebedo Clinic, a resource center clinic in Dallas, TX.
October of 2017 – Exhibition “Narrative Threads: The AIDS Memorial Quilt”, at the Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX. Support from: The University of Texas at Dallas, the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, the NAMES Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, Matthew and Theresa Morin, and Roseann Rosetti of HIV/AIDS organization C.U.R.E. (Community, Unity, Respect, Education).
2016 – 2017 – UT Dallas HIV/AIDS Week, The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX.
July 2015 – SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles, CA.