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OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric

This poignant and timely collection is about our human rights, the groups who've been denied them, the heroes who've fought for them, as well as the events that drew the attention of news media and the public. Forty-seven artists from six countries tell those stories and some personal ones as well.

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Advancing the Art...

The National Quilt Museum works to advance the art of today's quilters by bringing it to new and expanding audiences worldwide. We serve the quilting community by providing in-facility and traveling exhibits, youth and adult educational programs, and advocacy efforts.

The National Quilt Museum is a destination for quilters and art enthusiasts worldwide, annually the museum receive visitors from all 50 US states and over 45 foreign countries from every continent. The museum's in-facility and traveling exhibits are viewed by over 110,000 people per year. In addition, over 6,000 youth and adults participate in museum youth and adult educational opportunities on an annual basis.

Located in a 27,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky, the museum's three galleries feature exhibits of the finest quilt and fiber art in the world. The museum features three exhibit galleries. The museum's vibrant and breathtaking exhibits are rotated 8-10 times per year. The primary gallery features quilts from the museum's collection which includes over 600 works of art. The two other galleries feature unique and diverse traveling exhibits.

The museum has also gained a reputation for its educational programs. Throughout the year, the museum hosts educational programs on a diverse number of topics for quilters of all skill sets. Quilters come from all over the world to attend the museum's educational programs taught by master quilters.

The museum's youth education programs are attended by over 6,000 young people of all ages. Several of these programs have received national media attention.

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  • New Exhibit: African Jazz Series

    This exhibition inspired by Jazz and working in the narrative tradition tell stories of the African American experience across historical, cultural, philosophical, and mythical realms. Mr. Cummings dedicates this exhibition to his dear friend, Cuesta Benberry, historian and archivist of African American quilts. “Whenever I gained consciousness as a child, that is when I knew I wanted to be an…

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  • OURStory Exhibit Featured on Antiques and The Arts Weekly!

    The Exhibit OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric (currently on display at the National Quilt Museum) has been featured on Antiques and The Arts Weekly! The article highlights the history of activism in the fiber art form, as well as the many different social issues that are showcased in the exhibit. The curator of the exhibit, Susanne Miller Jones, wanted…

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  • New Exhibit: New Quilts from an Old Favorite – Wheel of Fortune

    Our brand new exhibit is the newest edition of New Quilts from an Old Favorite. This year our contestants redesigned the "Wheel of Fortune". The contest requires that each artist interpret the traditional block into something new.  The Wheel of Fortune is a simple nine patch that is eye-catching, but an often forgotten patch. The block has various names, including…

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