Mosaic Quilting Project

Mosaic Quilts Panel #1

Dresden Plate UnveilingMosaic Quilts Panel #2Mosaic Quilts InstalledA new community art project, a 10-paneled “quilted” mosaic, was unveiled Saturday April 27, 2013 at MLK Park.  You can watch the Unveiling Ceremony here!  Images are artistic interpretations of traditional textile pattern from cultural communities that use the park and were built by over 300 volunteers, aged 2-97, over the last six months at 33 community workshops.  The primary goal of the Mosaic Quilting Project is to demonstrate, through visual art, the diversity of cultures in our community and celebrate their shared public space at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.  It will serve as a welcoming backdrop to the new playground, which will be designed with community-input beginning in early summer, 2013, with an anticipated opening date of August 2014.

This project was co-led and organized by Kingfield Neighborhood Association and Volunteers of America – Minnesota’s Southwest Senior Center and funded by the the City of Minneapolis Graffiti Prevention Grant and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council , thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The project artist was Sharra Frank.

Project Update 1/4/13: Over 200 individuals have particpated so far, ages 4 through 92 providing well over 600 volunteer hours to this project!


Sabathani Senior Center Workshop
Making the Dresden Plate

Upcoming Workshops include:

Tuesday afternoon mini-workshops
Time:  1 – 3 pm
Where:  Southwest Senior Center
When:  January 8, 15, 22
These small workshops are to work on pieces that haven’t been finished.
Seniors Workshop – for seniors from Southwest, Sabathani, Park Elder Center, Hmong Elder Connection, Centro
When:  Thursday, January 17  from 10 am – noon
Where:  Southwest Senior Center
We need volunteers to help seniors from area senior centers work on the mosaic.
Community Workshop
When:  Saturday, Janaury 26 from 1 – 3:30 pm
Where:  King Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue S.
Workshop for people of all ages

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

MLK Park Workshop

In this new hands-on community art project, 10 multi-paneled “quilted” mosaics, which are interpretations of traditional textile patterns from cultural communities, will be constructed and attached to the south-facing wall exterior of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. This project is co-led and organized by KFNA and Southwest Senior Center/VOA; the project artist is Sharra Frank who has extensive experience working with both children and seniors, as well as public art installations.

Green Glass

To be notified directly of all future Workshops please contact: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director Kingfield Neighborhood Association

The goal of the Mosaic Quilting Project is to demonstrate, through visual art, the diversity of cultures in our community and celebrate their shared public space at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.   Artistically this project stands out because of the significant history of this site both in the advocacy of the African American population following Dr. King’s murder and the park’s subsequent renaming, and more recently due to the off-leash dog park debate that highlighted the racial divide that still exists within our community.  The project brings together diverse organizations and their constituencies to work together for the good of the community and will enhance intergenerational and intercultural understanding.  We hope that each of you find a way to be involved with it!

Approved designs include:

Africa_South

 

Euro_CrazyQuilt

 

 

 

African_North
 

NativeAmerican

 

Hmong_template
dresden

LogCabin_1

 

 

Euro_Tree
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Legacy Logo

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and by a grant from the City of Minneapolis Graffiti Prevention program.

Project Updates

  • Quilted Mosaic has received a $10,000 city of Minneapolis Graffiti Prevention grant plus a $10,000 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Activities Grant
  • The Park Board has approved the installation of the mosaics on their property and a contract is in the process of being signed between the partners.
  • The partners have begun to identify local quilting groups and cultural organizations to both build interest in the project and also to verify that the designs being selected are culturally accurate and sensitive of the cultural groups.

Project significance

  1. The primary goal of the Mosaic Quilting Project is to demonstrate, through visual art, the diversity of cultures in our community and celebrate their shared public space at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
  2. Artistically this project stands out because of the significant history of this site both in the advocacy of the African American population following Dr. King’s murder and the park’s subsequent renaming, and more recently due to the off-leash dog park debate that highlighted the racial divide that still exists within our community.
  3. The mosaic project will bring together people of all ages, races, ethnicities and incomes to work on a hands-on project to improve the park, also providing an opportunity for people to share an experience and create art.  The project brings together diverse organizations to work together for the good of the community and will enhance intergenerational and intercultural understanding.
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