Cultural Lens Series: African American Quilt History in MichiganThursday Feb 9 7:00pm – 4:30pm
31 W 10th Street
This is a virtual program. To attend, please register on the Holland Museum website: hollandmuseum.org or by this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-american-quilt-history-in-michigan-tickets-471378966177
The history of African American quilting is rich and diverse. Join Dr. Marsha MacDowell, MSU Museum as she highlights stories of this cultural activity in Michigan – from Idlewild to Detroit, from the time of slavery to today, from individual expressions to community collective work. This presentation will also draw upon examples from private and public collections, especially the major collections based at Michigan State University. Lastly, audience members will be introduced to digital resources connected to African American quilting that are in The Quilt Index (www.quiltindex.org).
Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D., is professor and curator, Michigan State University Museum. She is the director of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program (http://traditionalarts.msu.edu/) and the Quilt Index (www.quiltindex.org). She has published extensively on folk arts and quilts, including African American Quilting in Michigan, and is currently heading an international effort funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to increase African American, African, and African diasporic quilting content in the Quilt Index.