Advocacy Quilts Needed for Lowell Exhibit

by Allison Wilbur on February 11, 2015

As you know, advocacy quilting is the heart and soul of what Quilt for Change is about.  Over the last few years we have not only curated our own advocacy exhibits but worked with other organizations to unleash the power of quilting in support of women’s empowerment.  One such organization is The Advocacy Project (http://www.advocacynet.org).  Headquartered in Washington, DC, The Advocacy Project uses quilting to help organize grass-roots efforts around the world to advocate on human rights and women’s issues, and to educate the general public on key issues affecting women and ethnic groups in different countries and cultures.  Advocacy Project Peace Fellows, American graduate students pursuing studies in social justice and human rights, are chosen to work with women’s groups in various countries to help improve their economic, social or political lot.  Fellows often use quilting as a tool to teach organizing and advocacy skills.  Completed quilt blocks are then brought back to the U.S. and pieced and quilted by volunteer quilters from guilds across the country, and the resulting beautiful – and often graphic – quilts are then displayed to help publicize the work of The Advocacy Project and the individual issues the quilts address.

Quilt for Change is proud to join forces with The Advocacy Project in a joint exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Running from March 18-May 3, “Advocacy Quilting: Inspiring Social Change,” will feature a selection of Advocacy Project quilts and quilts from Quilt for Change‘s first three exhibits, Solar Sister, Women, Peace and Security, and the Global Fund Quilt Challenge.  The Advocacy Project Director Iain Guest will speak at the exhibit opening in Lowell on Saturday, March 21 at 1:30, and Quilt for Change Co-Founder Allison Wilbur will conduct a brown bag lunch on advocacy quilting on  Thursday, April 2 at 12:30.

What You Can Do – Quilt Sale

Quilt for Change supporters have an opportunity to support the work of Quilt for Change, The Advocacy Project AND the New England Quilt Museum by donating small quilts (2 ft x 3 ft) for sale via the museum gift shop (NEQM will keep 40% of the proceeds, while Quilt for Change and The Advocacy Project will each receive 30% of the sales price).  Interested quilters could visit the Advocacy Project website (listed above) and choose one of the topics addressed by The Advocacy Project as the subject of their quilts or you can make a quilt related to any cause that is near and dear to your heart.  Not only will you help a good cause AND the New England Quilt Museum, you will be able to say you sold one of your quilts at the NEQM!  Please mail completed quilts to Quilt for Change, 55 Fountain Avenue, Barrington, RI  02806 by March 10, 2015.  For further information, please email us at QuiltforChange@me.com or send us a comment via the comments section of of our website, QuiltforChange.org.

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