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Co-Liberation Quilt: A Monument for Healing and Renewal
Call For Submissions To A Collaborative Arts Project For The 2020 CFA Equity Conference

As we continue to expand efforts uniting for Racial & Social Justice as a union, we invite artists and other creative folks from all 23 campuses to contribute to making a quilt as part of an interactive art project at the 2020 Equity Conference.  

This quilt is grounded in the inspiration, politics, activism, generated by the  NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, began in 1987 and continuing to this day, as well as Nikole Hannah Jones  powerful New York Times 1619 Project. Drawing from the oppressive norms these two cultural phenomena make evident- economic disparity, white supremacy and compulsory heterosexuality, government neglect, genocide, diaspora, land rights, enslavement, colonization, war, migration, rape -through our nation’s history of racialized, gendered, and homophobic violence, we will create a CFA shrine for healing and renewal. We will make the invisible visible by collectively piecing together our cultures, communities, and selves. 

Participants are invited to create a quilt panel in advance of the conference and bring it with them, or with their chapter representatives attending. Collaborations across departments, member classifications, and faculty/students are welcome. Please fill out the Google Form by February 23 with a brief description of your design, narrative and/or intent for your panel.  

We will also provide supplies at the conference to create a panel on-site as part of the healing justice activities. There will be a ceremony and presentation of the quilt on the evening of February 28. 

We will bring the quilt to Assembly in April and continue to make panels so our shrine keeps growing as we keep growing and healing together through our anti-racism and social justice work. 

Please see the following for ideas and inspiration, as well as specific details for size and materials. 

Details for panel construction: 

Panels should be 12 x 24 inches, 24 x 36 inches, or 36 x 72 inches. Quilt panels should be constructed of soft materials and ready to be stitched to another panel in some manner, for example: grommets with string, safety pins, loops sewn to the corners  Panels can be painted or have 3-dimensional objects attached, but all components must be secured in some fashion to the quilt panel in a way that it mobile and sustainable. The panel can be representational, for example: an image of a loved one or a collage of photographic images. The panel can be conceptual, for example: weathered jean material to signify labor or plastic bottles, upcycled to represent renewal or transformation/transcendence. The panel can be text-only, up to 250 words. Each panel should include attached documentation showing its origins: campus, creators, contributors, a mention of the theme that intersects the Conference Narrative. 

Ideas for materials to use: Construction choices are left to the quilter and techniques such as traditional fabric quilting, embroidery, applique, paint and stencil, 3D Printing, bedazzling, beading, and iron-ons are common. Items and materials included in the panels can be:  Fabrics, e.g. lace, suede, leather, taffeta, also Bubble Wrap and other kinds of plastic and even metal.  Decorative items like pearls, quartz crystals, rhinestones, sequins, feathers, buttons, Mardi Gras beads, jewelry. Clothing, e.g. jeans, T-shirts, gloves, boots, hats, uniforms, jackets, flip-flops, socks, dresses, baby onesies.  Items can consist of such as: wedding rings, meeting agendas, merit badges and other awards, patches, keys, food wrappers, wax. Unusual and unique items only you can imagine! 

Inspiration:

Alma Lopez, Alisa Golden, Ato Ribiero, Barbara Kruger, Faith Ringgold, Felix Gonzales Torres, Glen Ligon, Israel Haro Lopez, Jacob Lawerence, Jessica Lawless, Joy Harjo, Kara Walker, Lida Abdul, Pae White, Wendy Red Star

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