Monday, January 25, 2010

J2WH and Homage to Ed & Sylvia Brown Quilts at Hartford City Hall

The Hartford Connecticut City Hall makes a majestic setting for two of the quilts in My American Quilts Series and five more quilts included in the Community Threads quilt project. Homage to Ed & Sylvia Brown celebrates the $15 million philanthropic gift from the African American couple to numerous cultural institutions of Baltimore Maryland. This had all the makings of a story that I felt needed to be shared. In addition to the $6 million gift to Maryland Institute College of Art, the couple gave $1 million to the local art museums, symphony, public library, and organizations that offer positive opportunities for at-risk children.

A few architectural columns away is Journey to the White House quilt. While I was touring the Community Threads multiple venues, at City Hall I was reminded by several employees and three visitors at the time that J2WH inspired them and gave them hope. In the photo on the left, Carolyn Thomas, Greater Hartford Chapter of Links, Inc., is seen pointing to the section on the J2WH quilt that acknowledges Barack Obama accepting the nomination on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech.

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