Quilted Conversations Community Quilt
Lationa Brooks, Angelina Buntha, Brandon Collins, Javier Diaz, Shahin Dijagah, Lillian Holloway, Sunday Inna, Shania Johnson, Micah Reed, Robert Roma, Jonathan Rosewood, Abukar Saidali, Vanessa Stine, Rebecca Taylor, Ah'Shalyana VIdal-Madison
Coordinated by Alice Brinkman and Chris Worland
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
In spring 2017, REACH Studio Art Center hosted youth from East Lansing’s Edgewood Village for three quilt block-making sessions as a part of Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights. Each maker selected a topic related to civil or human rights to address in their blocks. Block titles include “Right to Housing,” “Hands Up Don’t Shoot,” and “Right to Health Care.”
Quilted Conversations is a collaborative community engagement project that uses quilts and quiltmaking as a platform to raise awareness about civil and human rights issues. The project examines how creativity can foster community building, heightened awareness, dialogue, and ultimately civic engagement. It is a project of the MSU Museum, MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, and the Residential College of Arts and Humanities. It is also an outgrowth of MSU’s Project 60/50, an initiative inspired by Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
-- by Mary Worrall