Making Community Story Quilts
(Community Partnership Exhibition)

In 2018, Social Practice Queens (SPQ) student Naomi Kuo and Queens Memory facilitated “Common Thread,” a project based in Flushing, Queens that brought together diverse community members to explore the combination of textile arts, storytelling, skill sharing, and technology in a series of public collaborative workshops. This exhibition will feature a selection of individually and collectively elaborated quilts embedded with recorded oral histories from the second iteration of the “Memories of Migration” workshop series

Queens Memory is an ongoing program supported by Queens Library and Queens College, CUNY, designed to collect stories, photographs and other records of life in the borough of Queens. Its mission is to empower residents from diverse backgrounds to document the personal histories that together tell a more complete story of life in the borough.

Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is a unique MFA concentration and new Advanced Certificate Program bringing together the resources of an academic research institution, Queens College, with the long-standing activism of the Queens Museum. The programs integrate studio work with social, tactical, interventionist and cooperative forms. Their goal is to initiate interdisciplinary projects with real world outcomes.

The Community Partnership Exhibition Program at the Queens Museum provides opportunities for cultural and other nonprofit organizational partners to develop and mount short-term exhibitions based on their programs and our collaborative projects.