Common Threads: Alabama's Quilting Traditions

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Session 6:  November 14-15, 2014 in Auburn, Alabama


The Legacy of Mozell Benson, a Quilter and Master Artist from Alabama

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Program:  Friday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Auditorium, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.  901 S. College Street, 


Workshop:  Saturday, November 15, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Frank Brown Recreation Center, 235 Opelika Road.  


About Common Threads:

Common Threads: Empowering Communities through Education in the Arts is a series of six programs and workshops on Alabama's quilting traditions, June - October 2014.

Mission:  Common Threads will feature Alabama's great quilting traditions; provide hands-on community workshops; promote local artists; enhance arts-based development; support education in the traditional arts; and provide Alabama Community Scholars Institute 2014 Certificate in Material Culture Studies.  Information will be available soon.

Common Threads is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The first session will be in Birmingham, Alabama June 27-28 and the second will be in Camden and Gee's Bend, July 25-26.  Each workshop will include a day-long program on Friday with educational lectures and presentations as well as several hours dedicated to an Alabama quilter or quilting tradition.  On Saturday morning, the local community will be invited to participate in a hands-on workshop where they will learn a quilt-making technique.  Registration for Saturday will be required.  Participants are encouraged to bring an apprentice. Some workshops will be free and others will have a small fee to cover transportation, supplies, food, and refreshments when necessary. Four of the workshops will take place in the Black Belt Heritage Area to support the Black Belt Quilt Trail, a project of Black Belt Treasurers Cultural Arts Center.

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