2015 Quilt Conference and Quilt Dialogue Coming in April!
The African American Heritage Alliance and From Africa to Appalachia Foundation are presenting the African American Quilt Conference of Appalachia on April 10 & 11. This event is being held at Rose Center in Morristown, Tennessee and will highlight the cultural significance of quilting and quilt preservation in the African American tradition. Rooted in central Appalachia, this conference will be an opportunity for an active cultural exchange between national quilting experts, historians, artists, and community members to discuss and share ideas about the medium of quilting.
The conference is free and open to the public. One component of the conference is a month-long exhibit in the Edith Davis Gallery at Rose Center that will feature quilts by the guest panelists and local African American quilters. Exhibit curators are Sammie Nicely and Bob Spirko. Hands-on workshops will be held on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Instructors for the workshops are Marquetta Johnson and Aisha Lumumba of Atlanta, and Aundra McCoy of Memphis. Friday evening a keynote address will be given by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi of Ohio; her topic is “In the Spirit of the Cloth: African American Quilt History.” Saturday morning will open with a showing of a film about the Gees Bend quilters. After the film, Dr. Mazloomi will facilitate a panel discussion with Johnson, Lumumba, and McCoy. Following lunch the workshops will continue. After lunch, those who are not attending a hands-on workshop are invited to join us for Black/White/Quilts: A Dialogue about Quilts and Family Stories.
Steppin’ Out: Raw Edge Applique Quilting Class information: Aisha-Raw Edge Applique Quilting Class
Hattie’s Floral Mini-Quilt Workshop: Marquetta Johnson Floral Mini Quilt Workshop
Mixed Media Quilting: Aundra McCoy – Mixed Media Quilting