It all started with a conversation: “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if there were a film series that addressed all the questions and topics about quilts we’ve talked about over the years? Not a how-to series but one that looked at the role of quilts at the center of American culture. Not one about great grandmother’s quilting bee, but one that showed how important quilts were in capturing history, making political statements and empowering women.” And so the nine-part series: “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” was born.
What happened next? The series spread - we’re in nearly 70 million households, thanks to distribution by NETA to PBS member stations, have been screened at multiple museums, universities, libraries and quilt shows, have a robust community on Twitter, Facebook and our blog, and have been a hit with mainstream and academic media. It goes to show you quilts ARE bigger than you think!
But here’s the thing, we don’t just want people to watch the series, we want people to talk about it. That’s why we’re asking you, quilt fans, Susie Q. Public, artists and academics, to help us get many more people talking about the importance of quilts and quiltmakers so that quilts can get the respect they deserve! We’re looking for funds to put together a Continuing the Conversation guide. Think of it in terms of a “book club,” you watch an episode of the series and then get together with a group to talk about it using questions from the guide. This conversation could happen within guilds, groups of friends, classrooms or even art centers. Honestly, we don’t care where you hold the conversation as long as you are having one.
We've asked a wide variety of experts to help us create this guide from artists to quilters to teachers. The more viewpoints, the better the conversation. The questions will help prompt you to think bigger, more creatively and more deeply about the topics we raise in the series. When creating the series we had time constraints, but the sky is the limit for you, my friend, so chat as long as you please.
We plan to donate a significant number of guides and DVDs to underserved areas where there is a rich tradition of quilting and art, but a lack of access to programming, especially for girls and women.
The guides will be available for purchase on Amazon. Just like the DVD sales, all proceeds from guide sales will benefit the non-profit Kentucky Quilt Project for future quilt projects. After all, we’re always dreaming up the next big thing.
So what do you say? Have a few dollars to help us keep this conversation going? We promise to make it an interesting one.
To learn more about the series be sure to check out our website and see what people are saying!! Here's what fan Carol S. had to say: "...the series dispels age-old myths and makes me just want to stand up and say, ‘Hooray, at long last!’"
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