I hope each and every quilter is staying healthy and safe during this pandemic. Before I talk about the Matching Funds Challenge, I want to take a moment and talk about how proud I am of the entire quilting community!
For years, you have heard me say that the reason I’m so passionate about the quilting community is because quilters are extraordinary artists and even better people. The challenges of the last year have put your kindness on full display. During this pandemic, I have seen quilters around the world come together and show their endless compassion and kindness by making masks for frontline medical professionals and others in need; making quilts for people less fortunate; donating time to worthy causes; and providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support to those around us. I could not be more proud of the warmth, goodwill, and strength I have seen throughout the quilting community during the pandemic.
As you all know, The National Quilt Museum works to grow and expand quilting by bringing the art form to new audiences, educating future quilters, and preserving today’s quilts so they can be enjoyed for decades to come. While the pandemic is presenting short-term challenges, it’s essential to stay focused on long-term goals. The future of quilting is as important as ever!
While fewer people are currently traveling, limiting the impact of our in-facility exhibits, the museum’s many other programs continue to expand. Here are a few examples:
- Museum traveling exhibits continue to appear at other museums, including the exhibit at The Lutheran Heritage Museum pictured above.
- Many educational programs are continuing and expanding in digital formats. The museum Block of the Month and Quilt Along programs are as popular as ever and continue to be FREE to participants.
- The museum is passionate about quilt preservation. The wonderful artwork made by ALL modern quilters needs to be preserved to be enjoyed by future generations. If we do not effectively preserve today’s quilts, we will be losing artwork that is part of our human experience and historically and culturally important. The museum works to educate individuals and organizations on effective quilt handling and storage.
- In October, we launched Quilt Museum Digital, a service that makes it possible for art enthusiasts worldwide to partake in museum exhibits from the comfort of their homes. Through this program, we will introduce millions of people to the work of today’s quilter, even if they will never be in Paducah.
- The museum has become a strategic partner with Quilts of Valor; in addition to hosting quilt presentation events and exhibits, our two organizations are working together on promotional efforts.
- Finally, while the museum is welcoming fewer visitors, we are open regular hours and continue to provide the same high-quality visitor experience, which received a TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award earlier this year.
Mark Dunn, President of Moda Fabrics, has agreed to match all donations to The National Quilt Museum between December 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021. Please help us make the most of this opportunity by contributing.
You can contribute by check or credit card either by using the attached form or by going online and clicking the Matching Funds Challenge icon. If you have any questions, please call either Lori Robbins or me at 270-442-8856.
Thank you in advance for your support! We are successful due to the kindness of people like you!
CEO, National Quilt Museum
PS – If you donate $50 or above, we will send you a National Quilt Museum face mask as a token of our appreciation. Thank you, and stay healthy and safe!
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