It was not too long ago when I said I was ready to come back and work at the Women’s Center for the 2011 Fall semester. Time went by so quickly due to the fact that we had approximately 14 events this semester, including some of our big events like Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Women’s Equity Quilt Dedication, and Starr Symposium in which I had the privilege of meeting Dolores Huerta whom I’ve always wanted to meet. The events were really fun because I got to learn a lot more and meet new people. This semester the Women’s Center was filled with new staff members whom I enjoyed working with and hope to see when we come back from winter break. I am truly excited and look forward to coming back in the spring to plan events such as the Vagina Monologues, Stalking Awareness Month, and our 40th Anniversary Gala. I hope to see everyone soon at our spring semester events! Happy Holidays everyone and congrats to the 2011 Fall Graduates!
This week the Women’s Center in collaboration with the UMKC Black Studies Program, the African-American Quilt Guild and the Kansas City Public Library will be hosting a Bernardin-Haskell Lecture featuring Dr. Nacny Dawson titled “Quilts That Changed the World: Women, Movements, Healing and Art”. Dr. Dawson is a quilt artist and Professor of African Studies. She will discuss the intersection of quilting, activism, and community building using examples from the work of local textile artist NedRa Bonds. This past year NedRa donated her time to putting together a women’s equity quilt that she will be donating to the UMKC Women’s Center later this month.
This lecture is a great way to learn about how quilts are not only an art but a great way to promote activism and community involvement. Come check it out Monday November 7th at 6 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch in the Truman Forum Auditorium.
During the spring 2011 semester the Women’s Center with the collaboration of Nedra Bonds, the Arts Council of Metropolitan KC and the ArtsKC Fund brought together various workshops for those on campus and the community to come and use their skills and creativity for good. Each person got the opportunity to express their feelings on women’s issues by making a quilt square. Every quilt square represented its own unique story.
I personally got the privilege of making 3 squares. During every single workshop I participated in, the feeling of expressing yourself by making a quilt was fascinating to me because it was my first time ever making a quilt and it was even more amazing how all the feelings, anecdotes, and experiences I have come across through my life as a Latina, were all put together into an art piece. It was a beautiful experience while making these quilts and it was nice to see the different pieces and the stories behind each one and what they represented.
All the quilt squares that were made from these workshops will be put together by artist Nedra Bonds into one big quilt that will be displayed for the first time at the Women’s Center event: Quilts on the Quad that will be this Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Hope to see everyone there!