The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in partnership with The Textile Museum, is proud to announce The American Quilt: Weaving the District’s Future, an American Masterpieces project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (September 9-19, 2009). The purpose of this program is to enhance the Washington, DC arts community’s appreciation and understanding of the rich and diverse textile traditions of quilting. The project will also convey the importance of quilting not only as a treasured American masterpiece, but also as a way of documenting history and examining social circumstance.
The American Quilt: Weaving the District’s Future consists of adult and youth workshops lead by local quilter, mixed media artist, and associate professor at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, DC Pat Autenrieth, in addition to a special guest lecture by world renowned artist Faith Ringgold titled Story Quilts: an American History. Workshops will be held at citywide, Metro accessible venues, beginning September 9 through September 19. The project culminates in the unveiling of the dynamic community quilt on September 28 at the Textile Museum.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is accepting applications from quilting professionals, armature artists and youth. This is a unique opportunity to work with talented quilting artists. All events are free and open to the public pending application approval and space availability.
Applications will be published during the month of August in the following publications: Hill Rag, The Washington City Paper and The Informer and can also be obtained by contacting the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, by phone on (202) 724-5613, in person, or through the Commission’s website.
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