Toni Morrison Quilting Project Launches Today

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Description: A participant works on a quilt at the 1968 Festival of American Folklife held on the National Mall, Washington, D.C. | Repository: Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections | Accession number: FAF1968_quilter_023

The Toni Morrison Quilting Project launches today. The project, which runs through May, aims to honor the legacy of Morrison as well as to craft new community around the medium. As project co-coordinator Camille Andrews notes in an article announcing the project, “Toni Morrison is one of the preeminent chroniclers of the African American experience and, much like quilt-making, she created beautiful, useful, and communal art out of the multiplicity and everyday experiences of her characters.” Carrying forward the metaphor, the project is itself a collaborative effort bringing together the Cornell University Library, Tompkins County Public Library, and the Community Quilting Resource Center.

The project invites Ithaca and Cornell community members to contribute quilt blocks and small quilts (of either fabric or paper) as well as to virtually join in on a series of workshops and book club meetings held over Zoom. All of the project’s details can be found on a clearly arranged LibGuide, in a perfect example of legacy library technologies working in tandem with new platforms to continue connecting community members even as social distancing measures remain necessary.