On August 10th I joined Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims, and their fabulous crew in Boulder, Colorado as a guest on The Quilt Show. Our program will air some time in December. (I’ll let you know when.)
Joining me were AAQI Board Members Susan Pain and Kathy Kennedy-Dennis from Houston , and AAQI volunteers Beth Hartford and Diane Petersmarck from the Chicago area, and Mary Lecea from Flushing, Michigan.
The show marked the first time that “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” was exhibited in public. We brought almost a third of the exhibit to hang on the black drape behind the studio audience and on the display wall. The entire exhibit will begin traveling in January 2011.
AAQI volunteers have been working on this extraordinary exhibit since 2008. Before the show began, the last name was inked onto the last patch on the last Name Quilt. We had reached our goal of 10,000 names of people who have or had Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. It was an emotional moment.
Those familiar with the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative online auction may have noticed that the taping was on the 10th of the month. Our online auctions have been held during the first 10 days of every month since January 2006. As our auctioneer was at the taping, bids were updated during breaks. In this picture Susan helps auctioneer Diane process bids on the set. (That’s dedication for you!)
During the taping, members of The Quilt Show community presented the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative with dozens of Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts! I can’t begin to tell you how incredibly moving it was to look out at the studio audience and see every person holding a little 9″ x 12″ quilt! Thank you all!
There were more surprises, but I won’t let the cat out of the bag.
A huge thank-you to all the people who had a hand in creating this show. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to tell people about Alzheimer’s and to enlist their help in working towards a cure. I appreciate it more than I can ever say.
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Founder & Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative