Quilt project celebrates American diversity

March 2nd, 2017
A quilt square made by a participant in the workshop led by artist Vito Valdez at the Adult Learning Lab.

Recently installed on a wall of our Adult Learning Lab are four quilts created by 50 students at the Lab. The students represent numerous countries and the quilts celebrate the different cultures that constitute Detroit and America. The project was facilitated by artist Vito Valdez through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

Quilts created and installed at the Adult Learning through an arts workshop funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

Quilts created and installed at the Adult Learning through an arts workshop funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

“Each quilt square represents a student’s goals, heritage or passion,” said Caitlyn Pisarski, who manages our Adult Learning Labs. “Sewn together, these quilts create a powerful visual display of their collective identities that reach beyond the boundaries that are too often used to label immigrant, refugee or adult learner.”

The quilt project is part of a series of arts workshops at the Learning Lab this year made possible by the MCACA grant. This is second consecutive year that the Lab has received such a grant.

See more photos of the project in the Facebook story.

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