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We Are the Story - We Who Believe in Freedom

Sep 09, 2020 to Nov 01, 2020

“We’ll tell the story of our culture,” curator Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi says. “These are historic times, and we’ll keep quilting.”

The We Are the Story - We Who Believe in Freedom quilts exhibition is located in ASI's ground floor Osher Gallery. This exhibition is free, but registration is required. Please sign up for a time at to get your free ticket to visit this exhibition. Select “We Are the Story – Registration.

ASI is among the hosts of We Are the Story, a seven-part series of multi-site, juried quilt exhibitions that builds upon symbols of liberation, resistance and empowerment, offering a visually compelling account of the breadth of experiences and struggles that comprise Black history in an honest and critical way.  The exhibition at ASI, which is part of the bigger project, is titled We Who Believe in Freedom. Assembled in 2016 to honor the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, We Who Believe in Freedom represents works by members of Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) that tell the story of the African American Experience. 

The initiative, curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and organized by the WCQN and the Textile Center, explores the themes of police brutality and racism in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd.  Other host venues include the Weisman Art Museum and Studio 106.

Read the press release from the Textile Center on the entire project.

Among the quilts to be exhibited at ASI is work by artist Joseph Mallard, born and raised in Summit, Mississippi. Affectionately known as “Sunshine Joe,” he has been creating stitched works of art for over 50 years. Joe learned to sew from his great-great-grandmother, Mrs. Mandy Green, threading her needles when she no longer could. Mrs. Green was born into slavery and lived through the awful history of the Jim Crow South. Yet, she spoke to her grandbaby about the importance of love, kindness, forgiveness, mercy, and gratitude and his work exemplifies those characteristics. The message in Joe’s most recent quilt is “Spread Love, Defeat Hate” which will be on display in ASI's Nelson Cultural Center. 


Joseph Mallard, "Spread Love, Defeat Hate"
Joseph Mallard, "Spread Love, Defeat Hate"

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We Who Believe in Freedom and the other exhibitions as part of We Are the Story were curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, organized by Women of Color Quilters Network and the Textile Center and underwritten by Moda Fabrics and the Vance Waddell Foundation.  

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