The Advocacy Project (AP) and Quilt for Change are working together to develop an exciting new partnership between survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in Mali and quilters in the Global North.
Under the initiative, known as Sister Artists, survivors have produced around 40 embroidered blocks depicting their life in Mali. These are shown below on the second tab (Malian Sister Artists). Quilt for Change has invited quilters from the Global North to turn the blocks into an art quilt. Their finished quilts are featured on the third tab (Global North Sister Artists) as they reach us. When all of the quilts have been submitted they will be exhibited and auctioned. All proceeds will be sent to Mali and invested in an embroidery micro-enterprise (Sini Brodage) for the artists.
Quilt for Change is a long-time partner of AP and a leader in the use of quilting as a tool for social change and AP is delighted to be working with the group again. Sister Artists also represents an important step in AP’s efforts to support survivors from the conflict in northern Mali. Our engagement began in 2014, when we joined forces with Sini Sanuman (“Healthy Tomorrow’), a leading Malian advocate for women’s rights. Over the last five years, over 650 women have enrolled at a Sini Sanuman center where they were trained to make embroidery by Abi Konate and Massaran Traore, pictured below. Almost all of the artists lived in the north before fleeing the conflict and their blocks describe the life they left behind. Many live on less than $2 a day in Bamako and hope to sell embroidery. We hope to make a start with this project.
This exciting initiative has already attracted over 40 talented quilters from the US, Canada, the UK and even Kenya. We hope to exhibit their finished quilts in Washington and New England before the end of this year. Hollis Chatelain will select the best quilt and the winning quilter will receive a gift of fine African fabric. We will keep participants informed about Sini Brodage’s future progress through a blog.
We are trying to accomodate late applications. To participate, please fill out this form and follow instructions. We will mail you a block that has not been assigned. To pay the $25 entry fee please send a check to The Advocacy Project (2201 P Street, NW, Washington DC) or pay online by clicking on the donate button at the top of this page. Scroll down to the “special purpose” field and enter Sister Artists. For further information contact us at +1 202 758 3328 or email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!