The Memory Quilt made by Clark Elementary third graders and the Crescent Hall Quilters as part of Play the City will be presented to City Council at the beginning of the Council meeting on Monday, July 6 at 7:00pm.
The Memory Quilt project paired third graders from Clark Elementary School with facilitators from the Crescent Hall Quilters, a group of women who live in or near Crescent Halls and are known for their hand-sewn and imaginative quilts. Together, they created a memory quilt that celebrates the cultural heritage of the Belmont and Ridge Street neighborhoods.
In March, third graders met with the quilters during class time to learn about the quilting process and talk about ideas of neighborhood and community. Each student then drew an image to illustrate what their own neighborhood and community meant to them on a block of fabric cloth.
Throughout the month of April, the Crescent Hall Quilters hand embroidered these illustrations and then worked with the students to lay out the overall quilt design. Over the month of May, the Crescent Hall Quilters hand-stitched the quilt blocks together to create the final product.
The final Memory Quilt was revealed in a celebration with the students on May 26. This summer, a publication will be released to document how the Crescent Hall quilters make their work.
The presentation to City Council will take place a City Hall and be live on Channel 10 and on the web.
Play the City is a community effort to build relationships and understanding through art. We celebrate all the things that make our neighborhoods unique through championing the vibrancy that resides in us all, through cookouts, talent shows, exhibitions, workshops, and community projects that bring us together. For more information on individual programs, contact The Bridge PAI.