Quilted Conscience is taking place at Stuhr Museum this week and there will be a free reception at 2 pm on Sunday, September 30th to mark the occasion. The public is invited to attend.
This reception is in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Quilted Conscience program, which is being continued at Stuhr Museum this week. Students from the Grand Island Public School system who are first generation immigrants spent the week working on quilt projects that represent their past and their hopes and dreams for the future. The project derived from John Sorensen’s work on the Abbott sisters, Grace and Edith. The sisters had a passion for helping immigrants. Grace and Edith were both social workers who worked to improve immigrants’ rights and child welfare.
The first program 10 years ago was a unique and nationally recognized event of its kind. The event helped connect immigrant students to their story and to the reality that these new immigrants were part of the community. Quilted Conscience promotes the history and legacy of the Abbott sisters and their work with immigrant children.
During the reception, some of the students who worked on quilts this week will be in attendance to discuss their artistic intent and experience this week. Quilted Conscience was made possible through a grant from the Grand Island Community Foundation and the generosity of Stuhr Museum. For more information call (308) 385-5316 or log onto www.stuhrmuseum.org.