Story Quilts Community Conversations are BACK!
We provide the art supplies, snacks, and moderation – you bring your participation and community!
The next Community Conversation is set for
September 20, 2023

Learning Through Art, Inc. (LTA), a Cincinnati-based non-profit organization offering community-engaging cultural arts programs for 30 years, has been proud to present Kathy Wade's Story Quilts – Join the Conversation.

We hoped you enjoyed the exhibition We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism during its nearly three-month run at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Though the internationally acclaimed textiles exhibition is no longer available for viewing in Cincinnati, you can still view a sampling right here at!

We extend the utmost gratitude to all of our sponsors for continuing to bring the Story Quilts project to life.

Don't worry, there are STILL ways to engage in the Story Quilts project! 

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.”

How to Participate: 

Story Quilt Community Conversations provide the opportunity for citizens and neighbors here in Cincinnati and beyond to join in a facilitated discussion to share their truths on systemic racism and solutions that we must all seek for reconciliation. During the event, you will also create a quilt square – with materials we provide – to visually capture your story and become a piece of the community patchwork quilts for resilience.
Click HERE for dates, times, and how to register in a virtual conversation.

plus A Black Anthology of Music – premiering Fall 2021!

We invite you to experience 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 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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