Work of Sudanese-American girls featured in ‘Quilted Conscience’

Oct 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Arts & Entertainment, Sept. 23

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum is hosting the exhibition “The Quilted Conscience: Dreams and Memories” through Oct. 17.

The exhibition features a story quilt made by 16 Sudanese-American girls under the guidance of quiltmaker Peggie Hartwell, a founding member of the Women of Color Quilters Network. The girls use the American story-quilt form, a tradition of their new country, to share the tribal stories and customs of their families’ old homeland with their multi-ethnic Nebraska neighbors.

The quilt was created as part of a joint endeavor between the Abbott Sisters Project, the Grand Island Public Schools and Grand Island quilters. The project was funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council. Other quilts on display will include those made in response by Peggie Hartwell and Grand Island quilters Kay Grimminger and Ruth Campbell.

Several of the Sudanese-American students will participate in a panel discussion led by John Sorensen, the director of the Abbott Sisters Project, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1. The museum will be open 5-7 p.m. Oct. 1 with free admission as part of Lincoln’s First Friday Gallery Walk program. A pre-release screening of a rough-cut documentary film of the quilt project, being produced for Nebraska Educational Television, will follow the program.

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