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AIDS Quilt Exhibit Features Freddy Mercury, Other Notable Panels 
From Monday, November 26th through Saturday, December 1st, 2018, WNCAP will present portions of the famous AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville (80 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC, 28801). The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10am-7pm (10am-4:30pm on Monday, November 26th).
 
This year's exhibit features a number of notable panels, including Freddy Mercury, the legendary lead singer of Queen; Ryan White, the teenager who became a national poster child for AIDS in the 1980s; The supermodel Gia; Robert Mapplethorpe, the groundbreaking photographer who garnered controversy for his homoerotic images; Tom Fogerty, rhythm guitarist for the band Creedence Clearwater Revival; Bill Goldsworthy, the first professional hockey player known to have died from AIDS-related causes. Each of these notable individuals have only a very small number of Quilt panels made in their honor. This year's exhibit also features the very first Quilt panel created by Cleve Jones in 1987. 
The "Any Way The Wind Blows" panel (top left) honors Freddy Mercury, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1991.
 
The top left panel honors supermodel Gia Carangi, and the bottom left panel remembers HIV activist Ryan White.
 
The top left panel honors hockey player Bill Goldsworthy, the center panel depicts guitarist Tom Fogerty, and the top right panel honors photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
 
The very first AIDS Memorial Quilt panel, created by Quilt Co-Founder Cleve Jones in 1986.
 
An opening reception will be held for the Quilt exhibit on Tuesday, November 27 from 6pm-8pm. There will be a brief program including songs by the Asheville Gay Men's Chorus, as well as light refreshments. The reception, which will be held at the Asheville Masonic Temple, is free and open to the public.
 
For more information about the WNCAP Quilt Exhibit, please contact Randy at randy@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489 ext. 313.
 
 
World AIDS Day
WNCAP Celebrates 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day
 
 
Saturday, December 1 marks the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. WNCAP will celebrate with a complimentary community luncheon. Join us in toasting the past, present, and future of the HIV Movement. The event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton (115 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC, 28803) from 11:30am-1:30pm. The event is free but space is limited, soplease RSVP today by emailing Randy at randy@wncap.org or by calling(828) 252-7489 ext. 313.
 
 
Our featured speaker is Mike Smith, the co-founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. During his tenure as the Managing Director of the Quilt, it grew from an idea to more than 15,000 memorial panels in 20 countries. In 1989, he and Cleve Jones were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and the film about the Quilt, Common Threads, received the Academy Award for Best Documentary.  In 1996, he produce the last full-scale display of the Quilt in Washington, D.C. He recently retired from a 33-year career leading AIDS advocacy and care organizations.
 
WNCAP's World AIDS Day Community Luncheon is free but space is limited, so please RSVP today by emailing Randy at randy@wncap.org or by calling (828) 252-7489 ext. 313.
And Now, A Word From Our Sponsors
Community Organizations Make AIDS Quilt Exhibit Possible
 
Every year, WNCAP exhibits portions of the famous AIDS Memorial Quilt as a way to remember those lost to this disease and to raise awareness about HIV Prevention & Care in our local community. But it costs valuable resources to rent and exhibit the Quilt. Without community support, we could no longer bring this treasure to our community. 
 

 
That’s why we’re so grateful for the support of our generous community sponsors. Please express your thanks by patronizing these local businesses year-round. Click here or on the image above to find out more about our sponsors.
 
Happy Holidays
Merry & Bright Brings Holiday Spirit To ALL Children
 
This is the season of giving, and WNCAP is dedicated to ensuring that ALL children have a Merry & Bright holiday, especially those most in need.
 
That’s why we are once again launching our Merry & Bright Holiday Gift Drive. Your donation will help give our clients’ children the presents they truly deserve this season. It’s your chance to be a little boy or girl’s personal Santa Claus. Will you help make the season of giving really sparkle? Click on the previous links or on the image above and select "Merry & Bright Holiday Gift Drive" as your Donation Category.
PrEP
WNCAP & ABIPA Partner To Raise PrEP Awareness
Left to right: Maxine Sanders (WNCAP staff), Angelique Scott (ABIPA staff), Yvette Singleton (ABIPA staff), Kathey Avery (ABIPA staff), Jennifer Poore (ABIPA staff), Amanda Wood (WNCAP staff), Marsha Harris (WNCAP staff)
 
WNCAP has been partnering with Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity (ABIPA) on developing a PrEP community outreach program under a generous grant from AIDS United. PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a daily pill taken to prevent HIV, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012. Unfortunately, many people still don’t know about it.
 
This grant allowed the committee to visit with the Charlotte AIDS service program, RAIN, in order to learn more about their PrEP program. We look forward to continuing to work on this important project with ABIPA, Asheville’s leader on promoting health equity for African Americans and other underserved populations. For more information about ABIPA email info@abipa.org.
Harm Reduction
WNCAP Awarded $100K Grant For Harm Reduction
 
On October 12, 2018, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health (DPH), Injury and Violence Prevention Branch awarded a $100,000 grant to the Macon County Public Health (MCPH) and Western NC AIDS Project (WNCAP) to combat the opioid crisis to implement high-impact, community-level and regional strategies to address the opioid crisis in the 7 far western counties of North Carolina: Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and the Qualla Boundary. This one-time funding, covers two year fiscal years and is based on the NC Opioid Action Plan. In 2017, an estimated 1,683 deaths in North Carolina were attributed to unintentional opioid overdoses according to NC DHHS, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch.
 
A total of 34 health departments applied for funding which is from a $4 million cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was recently awarded to NC DHHS’ Division of Public Health. A total of $1.8 million is being awarded to 22 North Carolina health departments under the NC Local Mitigation to the Opioid Crisis for Local Health Departments and Districts (LMOC Crisis) grant.
 
MCPH was encouraged to partner with local, community-based harm reduction organizations such as WNCAP to implement strategies such as expanding access to evidence-based syringe exchange services and overdose prevention/reversal programs; connecting criminal justice involved individuals to harm reduction, substance use treatment and recovery services which includes new services at the Macon County Jail; and support of the Macon County EMS Post Overdose Response Team’s services.

For more information, contact Stephanie at stephanie@wncap.org or 617-828-9184.
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