Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) (01.26.12) - Wednesday,
Local merchants and AIDS advocates hope to display panels of
the AIDS Memorial Quilt in San Francisco's historically gay
Castro neighborhood during Valentine's week. The roughly 320
panels envisioned would be one of the largest displays of
panels in the city since 1999, when the Names Project
Foundation, which maintains the quilt, moved to Atlanta.
Display organizers are in talks with the proprietors of the
Market and Noe Center about housing the display in the vacant
"It was a combination of people wanted to do it, the space is
available, and Valentine's week is a nice time to think about
loved ones," said Mike Smith, executive director of the AIDS
Emergency Fund and Names Project co-founder. He has been
working with Petyr Kane, owner of the Castro clothing stores
Citizen and Body, and officials with Under One Roof, a retail
shop that donates profits to local HIV/AIDS groups, on the
Details were still being finalized, but plans called for
showing the quilt for up to eight days starting Sunday, Feb.
12. The exhibit would be free and open to the public. Though
donations for local HIV/AIDS organizations would be suggested,
"This isn't being set up as a fundraiser," Smith said.