“Story Quilts,” a Project of Truth and Reconciliation has arrived in Cincinnati
Join the Conversation for a “Summer of Healing”

Forbes had a number of excellent reasons for including Cincinnati as one of the top three COVID-safe road trip destinations for 2021. But here’s another reason to visit that they didn’t consider: This summer, Cincinnati will take center stage in a national conversation about race, racism, and reconciliation through a city-wide, summer-long project anchored by an internationally-acclaimed textiles exhibition.


Learning Through Art, Inc. (LTA), a Cincinnati-based non-profit organization offering community-engaging cultural arts programs over the past 29 years, is proud to present Kathy Wade's Story Quilts – Join the Conversation.

Story Quilts engages participants to share their truths from the patchwork of their lives, weaving stories creating a tapestry of reconciliation and resilience. Story Quilts provides a platform for LTA’s Arts Over ACEs Center (Adverse Childhood Experiences), to bring visual, craft and performance art together as a foundation to guide honest and open community conversations about systemic racism and social justice – leading to truth-telling and finding reconciliation in hopes of building more resilient people and communities.

The project's creator, Kathy Wade, feels that, “Like so many cities in America, Cincinnati needs to come together to have a collective conversation about race and racism that can help us confront our difficult truths and find a way forward – to chart a future that is defined by truth, justice, and healing. I believe Story Quilts can help us do this, and after the pain that so much of this nation felt during the Summer of 2020, I believe this project can help us put Cincinnati and other cities on a path toward healing - and meaningful action - in 2021.”

You can engage in any or ALL 3 presentations of the Story Quilts project
from July 2 - September 24, 2021 with these activities:

- You can SEE:

The internationally acclaimed exhibition We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The exhibition features story quilts from across the globe including works by the Women of Color Quilter's Network, organized by guest curator, Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi courtesy of Women of Color Quilters Network. The exhibition is hosted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Skirball Gallery, July 2 - September 24, 2021. Free exhibition admission Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the show.

- You can BE:

A participant in one of several Story Quilt Community Conversations where citizens and neighbors here in Cincinnati and beyond will join in a facilitated discussion to share their truths on systemic racism and solutions that we must all seek for reconciliation during this Summer of Healing. Here you will also create a quilt square to visually capture your story and become a piece of the community patchwork quilts for resilience. Current locations include the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Music Hall, Wyoming Fine Arts Center, Elementz. Dates and more locations TBA.

- AND You can LISTEN:

By joining us for an auditory exploration of reconciliation with A Black Anthology of Music: The Resilience of Jazz, an engaging, expanded performance concert that traces the historical parallels of Jazz and the systemic racism built into the framing of America. This Books Alive! For Kids® Family Adventure will no longer be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Music Hall Ballroom. Instead, the performance will be presented Virtually, later this Fall, and will still feature Kathy Wade with the Cincinnati Boychoir, Revolution Dance Theatre, Elementz and the Cincinnati Public School Jazz Academy. Check back here for updates on the date and time to tune in!

As an ArtsWave Master Artist Truth and Reconciliation commissioned work, Kathy Wade’s Story Quilts is part of the national Truth and Reconciliation pilot project in partnership with the Center for Community Resilience, George Washington University, and Joining Forces for Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


Story Quilts is made possible through the generous support of The Ralph V. and Carol Ann Haile Foundation, 7 Principles Foundation, ArtsWave, Metro, and the Center for Community Resilience at George Washington University.

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