Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics – Trailer

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The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1981 and created the first of the state quilt documentation projects. It ultimately inspired the documentation of quilts at thousands of quilt days, generating projects that resulted in extensive research, exhibitions and publications. With the quilt documentation projects spanning from 1980 to the present, over 200,000 quilts have been documented in almost every state and a multitude of other countries.

In 2011, thirty years since its founding, The Kentucky Quilt Project has created another “first” – a nine-part documentary series titled “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics,” that takes a fresh look at quilts and spreads the word about the quilt’s unique position at the center of a startlingly broad grid of topics, from womenโ€™s studies to the contemporary art market.