The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) hosts an opening reception for its new exhibition the “Community Quilt Project” which features 14 quilts that express themes of Black history, Black joy, love, family, racial justice, civil rights, Black liberation, gun violence & healing, and Juneteenth – freedom. There is also a quilt honoring Prince that was created during the painting of the Prince mural. The reception will be held January 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the museum, 1256 Penn Avenue N., Minneapolis. The event is open to the public and admission is free, and there is free parking in the ramp attached to the building.
The quilts, which span over five feet in both height and width, are made from numerous 12 x 12 inch fabric squares that were designed and decorated by individual community members who attended the 10 public quilting events hosted by MAAHMG from May through September 2022. Participation in the project was free and open to the public, and all supplies were provided by MAAHMG. The project was led by artists, creatives, quilters, and seamstresses who assisted people with ideas for their individual quilt squares and then sewed the squares together to make the unique quilts. About 350 people participated in the project. The MAAHMG Community Quilt Project is funded by a Creative Support for Organizations Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.