When this Museum was created 37 years ago, who knew it would grow to be such an important and beautiful part of the fabric of San Jose and of the quilting and fiber community at large—a true jewel that inspires and engages young and old alike while sharing our mission to promote and celebrate the art, creators, craft, and history of quilts and textiles.
It’s grown because of people like YOU who believe in the Museum, its mission, and its future, and because you support us through your visits to the Museum, your memberships, and most importantly through your donations.
The Museum’s programs make an impact. With approximately 18,000 visitors annually, the Museum has established itself as a premiere fiber art institution. Beyond working to identify, celebrate, and preserve historical and modern textiles, the Museum initiates unique collaborations among community members, artists, and fiber art lovers.
In the last year, the Museum mounted thirteen exhibitions that were compelling, transformative, provocative, fun and had a broad appeal for all our audiences. These exhibitions featured quilts that were both historical and modern as well as wearable art and contemporary textiles.
The Museum also presented sixty-six arts education programs and tours.
• Who can forget that international quilt legend Faith Ringgold joined us for FiberTalks?
• We held a very popular panel discussion and trunk show with several Bay Area artwear creators whose work was on view in the exhibition Metamorphosis: Clothing and Identity.
• We were a conference venue and partner for the Alliance of Artists 2013 conference in San Jose.
• We shared two pop-up exhibitions: one at Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) at the Santa Clara Convention Center that included quilts from the Museum’s collection and Folk Indian Textiles from the Collection of Carol Summers, an exhibition that originated at the Museum traveled to the Mills Building in San Francisco and was seen by 10,000 visitors.
• We held workshops and classes that focused on quilt care, improvisational quilting, painting on buttons and lace, and bead embroidery for quilters to name a few.
• We served 63 participants in our Quilts as Women’s Shelter program in partnership with Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.
None of this could have been done without YOUR financial support. And only with your support we can continue to present compelling exhibitions, educate our youth through on-site school tours and programs, and serve participants in our Quilts as Women’s Shelter program.
We invite YOU to partner with us by supporting our work again this year. Please make your tax-deductible gift today.
THANK YOU for your generosity and faith in the work we do!
Christine Jeffers, CFRE