Million Artist Movement (MAM), a global vision and movement that believes in the role of art in the campaign to dismantle oppressive racists systems against Black, Brown, Indigenous and disenfranchised peoples, will host a quilting event at Hennepin History Museum on Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 1 – 3 pm. MAM is a network of committed artists and activists that are speaking out as survivors of oppression, using art as an agent to coalesce people, art, and power into change. MAM has been quilting since 2014, emerging from their relationship with Thelma Buckner of the Piece by Piece quilt shop in St Paul. MAM quilts have appeared in marches, rallies, and other gatherings – with a total of approximately 1,000 square feet. Examples of the types of quilts include memorial quilts created by community for families who have lost loved ones to police violence, and 11 community quilts have been made at George Floyd Square. Members of the public are encouraged to stop by the Museum and make a square with what you want to say to the community from a place of power, love, and support.
MAM’s quilting program has been made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, thanks to a legislative appropriate from the arts and heritage fund.