The Renaissance Center will be abuzz with activity on Dec. 1 in respect to World AIDS Day.
Three sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the Rotunda from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day as a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. Each of the three panels was sewn together by friends, lovers and family members to commemorate the life of someone who has died of AIDS.
The center is partnering with Nashville Cares to sponsor free HIV testing that day using OraQuick, a needle-less and blood-less test. These tests will be confidential and completely free. Testing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Nashville Cares will also provide free educational literature about the virus and ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.
A free reception will begin at 6 p.m. offering food and drinks prior to an performance by Nashville in Harmony (NiH), a city chorus for GLBT people and their friends.
Nashville Cares’ Prevention Coordinator, Vic Sorrell, will give an introduction to NiH. This performance will feature a special song focusing on the AIDS quilt called "Remember My Song." The performance is will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public.
The Renaissance Center is an arts, technology, education and performing arts center west of Nashville.
Visit AIDS.gov for more information about World AIDS Day.