Saturday, January 23, 2010

Alliance for American Quilts news and events

The nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts will host Connected by Threads on Thursday, March 4, 2010 in Washington D.C. This event is actually a twofer. Two fundraising events in one.

Kicking off this one-of-a-kind event is the always fascinating Carolyn Mazloomi. Most of you will have seen her work, read her books, or been awed by her vast knowledge of quilt history. She's presenting an afternoon lecture titled "From the Country to the City: An Aesthetic Survey of African American Quilts." Mazloomi, founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network, will also reveal quilts from her collection. The lecture and tea reception will be held from 4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives at 1201 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

The evening component of "Connected by Threads" honors longtime board member Le Rowell, an independent curator and lecturer on quilts and diplomacy. Rowell's lecture is titled "Quilt Diplomacy Connecting People." Many of Rowell's quilts will be exhibited. Mazloomi will also make remarks at the dinner, and a brief overview of the work of the Alliance for American Quilts will be shared. The dinner, lecture and a silent auction of quilts and quilt-related items will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the DACOR Bacon House, located at 1801 F Street, NW, Washington, DC.

"Connected by Threads" is sponsored by Lisa Ellis of the Sacred Threads Exhibit and maker of Art Call, the on-line artist registration, jurying and exhibit administration system,, and the Rowell Family Charities. The duel events will benefit the nonprofit AAQ, a national organization that documents, preserves and shares the rich history of quilts and quiltmakers.

Also on exhibit at the Sumner School during this event is "Legacies in Fabric: The Heritage of Quilting and Quilters," by the Daughters of Dorcas and Sons, a DC-area quilting group formed in the 1970's. Twenty members of the Daughters of Dorcas and Sons have been interviewed for the AAQ's grassroots oral history project, Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories,

Individual tickets are $17 for AAQ members and $20 for non-members for Mazloomi's lecture. Individual tickets for the dinner are $75 for AAQ members and $90 for non-members. Table reservations are also available. A combined ticket to both events is $85 for AAQ members and $100 for nonmembers. For complete information and online ticket sales, visit the AAQ website.

In other AAQ news. Many of you will be disappointed to know that Karen Musgraves, long time volunteer and primary interviewer and instigator of the S.O.S. project has stepped back and is taking a hiatus from her responsibilities at AAQ. I will NOT say that Karen has left the building because I want her back! But for now she has placed the reins of the S.O.S project in other capable hands. Sorry, I don't know who will be heading that up.

And of course the 2010 New from Old contest. I've blogged before about the AAQ contest. Check it out here.

1 comment:

Amy Milne, AAQ executive director said...

Dawn, thanks so much for posting these AAQ news items. We too are sorry to see Karen Musgrave leave her post with Q.S.O.S. She has contributed incredible amounts of time, talent and treasure (and passion) to the project over the last 10 years. She has been instrumental in setting a priority for diversifying the project as it grows, and in providing support and encouragement to all those involved in the project. All project inquiries can now be sent to me at Although we won't be able to match Karen's speed in posting interviews any time soon, the AAQ board and the QSOS task force are deeply committed to growing this collection and it's audience.