The National Quilt Museum works to
advance the art of today's quilters by bringing it to
new and expanding audiences worldwide.
Museum in-facility and touring exhibits are annually viewed by over 115,000 quilt and art enthusiasts. The museum is a global destination welcoming visitors from all 50 US states and over 40 foreign countries on a yearly basis. Visitors experience three galleries of extraordinary quilt and fiber art rotated 7-8 times per year so there is always something new to see. The museum is among the highest rated tourism destinations on TripAdvisor, having won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence four consecutive years.The museum’s touring exhibits can be seen at museums and galleries nationwide. Recent travelling exhibits have been seen in the Shafer Memorial Art Gallery, the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, and the Branigan Cultural Center, among others.
Over 4,000 youth from kindergarten through high school annually participate in museum educational programs. Programs include Quilt Camp, Kidz Day in the Arts, Junior Quilters, and Textile Artists Club, as well as many on-site programs for schools and community organizations. One of the most well known museum youth programs is the School Block Challenge sponsored by Moda Fabrics. The School Block Challenge is an annual contest in which participants are challenged to make a quilt block incorporating a packet of three fabrics. Now in its 25th year, over 500 youth of all ages from over 20 states participated in this year’s School Block Challenge.Many of these programs fill in where traditional school based art programs have seen budget reductions or simply been cut completely from the curriculum. Many programs are completely free to users and others have minimal cost.
As part of the museum’s mission to introduce the work of today’s quilters to new audiences worldwide, museum staff works to educate the public through a variety of media and publicity efforts. Last year alone, over 300 publications wrote articles about the museum’s work including Reuters, USA Today, Yahoo.com, and Southern Living Magazine. Throughout the year museum staff give talks and participate in panel discussions at events worldwide. Recently museum Curator Judy Schwender spoke about the work of today’s quilt community at an event in Tokyo, Japan.If you are reading these words you are most likely one of over 20 million active quilters. The National Quilt Museum is committed to bringing your extraordinary artwork to audiences worldwide. The National Quilt Museum is primarily funded through the generosity of the quilting community. For more information about getting involved please go to www.quiltmuseum.org/support