Thursday, January 21, 2016

And Still We Rise: 

Race, Culture and Visual Conversations

January 16, 2016 - April 24, 2016

SAQA member, Valarie Poitier's work, 240 Million Slaves Ago, has been accepted into the exhibition "And Still We Rise". The Bruce Museum's education program will be featuring Val's quilt in their school programming.

Valarie Poitier 
in front of  240 Million Slaves Ago

Using the powerful medium of story quilts, this exhibition narrates nearly four centuries of African American history, from the first slave ships to the first African American president and beyond. Through 40 quilts from artists of the Women of Color Quilters Network, the exhibition reveals the stories of freedom's heroes, ranging from Phillis Wheatley to Frederick Douglass to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Story quilting expands on traditional textile-arts techniques to record, in fabric, events of personal or historical significance. Through the accessibility of their colors, patterns and symbols, the quilts of "And Still We Rise" relate narratives that enable conversations about sensitive topics from our national history, furthering the discussion of racial reconciliation in America.

Lucy Terry Prince: The Griot's Voice, 2012
Peggie Hartwell

The exhibition will show at The Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., in Greenwich,CT beginning January 16, 2016 through April 24, 2016. For information on hours, directions and admissions you can call 203 869-0376 or go to their website at

The exhibition is curated by Carolyn Mazloomi and organized by Cincinnati Museum Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Women of Color Quilters Network. The exhibition is generously underwritten by First Republic, a Committee of Honor, and the Charles M. And Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Far Into the Night: The Weary Blues, 2012
Sherise Marie Wright 

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