• UWA to host Black Belt Quilt Trail

    Posted: May 16, 2016

    Author: Public Relations

    The University of West Alabama’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach and Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center to host Common Threads Session on the Black Belt Quilt Trail on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

    The two days of activities fulfill Session #5 of Common Threads: Empowering Communities through Education in the Arts, an initiative of the Alabama Folklife Association (AFA).

    Dedicated to the Black Belt Quilt Trail (BBQT), this unique session will include tours of existing quilt blocks located at sites along the trail and informative presentations and workshops that will provide participants with ideas, tools, and resources to make their own block and become a part of the trail. Along the way, there will be opportunities to meet artists and view quilts.

    Friday, Day 1, begins from 3-4 p.m. with registration at Black Belt Treasurers Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC) 209 Claiborne Street, Camden, Ala. Participants can enjoy a tour of Camden quilt blocks followed by 6:30 p.m. dinner at GainesRidge Dinner Club (933 Highway 10 East). Friday night's dinner will be optional and "pay on your own" but you need to reserve a seat. Along the trail Friday, attendants will meet Mary Margaret Pettway, a Gee's Bend quilt maker, Betty Anderson, owner of the Camden Shoe Shoppe Museum, and Betty Kennedy, owner of GainesRidge, who is also a very accomplished quilt maker.

    Saturday, Day 2, starts with registration and breakfast from 8-9 a.m. in Livingston at UWA’s Center for the Study of the Black Belt at Kelly Land Hall (UWA map/ North- upper right corner). The program will include presentations by Amy Christiansen, Archivist for the Black Belt Archives, Dr. Tina Naremore Jones, Executive Director of UWA’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach, artist Linda Munoz of Cuba, Alabama, Sulynn Creswell, Executive Director of BBTCAC, and Kristin Law, Art Programs and Marketing Director, BBTCAC. After a tour of Sumter County quilt blocks, lunch will feature keynote speaker Kim Zabbia, chair and founder of the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail.

    Working sessions and roundtable discussions during the afternoon will leave everyone ready to become a part of the BBQT.

    Registration fee of $25 covers snacks, food, and refreshments including breakfast and lunch on Saturday, May 21, but not the optional dinner on Friday evening. Overnight accommodations are the Southern Inn or American Inn in Camden or the Comfort Inn in Livingston. More information and links to Eventbrite registration can be found on the web site of the AFA website www.alabamafolklife.org or they can contact AFA at alabamafolklife@att.net.

    Common Threads, an initiative of the Alabama Folklife Association (AFA) is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The AFA is a partner program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and funded in part by the “Support the Arts” Car Tag program.
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