Respect Quilt - Karen Faass

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Respect Quilt - Karen Faass

  1. 1. The Quilt It Began As An Idea
  2. 2. <ul><li>About a year ago in an Asian American Studies Class… </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Grace Yun introduced the class to an organization called Interrelations Collaborative Inc. (IRC) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>IRC is a non-profit research </li></ul><ul><li>and education organization </li></ul><ul><li>which was established in 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>with a grant from the United </li></ul><ul><li>Way of New York. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>It has been dedicated to </li></ul><ul><li>building inter-group relations </li></ul><ul><li>among a diversifying student </li></ul><ul><li>population in New York City. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Following the events of 9/11, IRC brought together students, ages 11-19, from across NYC to document their experiences of 9/11. In their own words and images, they wrote and illustrated a book entitled, What Will You Do For Peace ?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Their artwork caught the eye of acclaimed Harlem artist, Faith Ringgold, who published their book. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Ms. Ringgold was then commissioned to design a Peace Story Quilt for IRC. The original quilt has been on display throughout NYC and the Tri-State Area.
  8. 9. <ul><li>After the quilt was completed, </li></ul><ul><li>it was then made into a musical </li></ul><ul><li>video with New York City </li></ul><ul><li>musician, Jim Papoulis. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Professor Yun showed our </li></ul><ul><li>class the video and I was so impressed that I wanted to bring the concept to Cromwell. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>I talked to John Maloney about the “Peace” project and he immediately saw potential and was “on-board”. </li></ul><ul><li>He felt this would be a great project for the 8 th grade students. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>We met with Grace, who informed us she had never done a workshop with over 25 students..(we had 150) </li></ul><ul><li>Assured us it could be done with her colleague, Trish Maunder, who is the Director of Stories Through Art. </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>We involved Kathy Sulots, the </li></ul><ul><li>Art Teacher and together we </li></ul><ul><li>picked a theme. </li></ul>To Start…
  13. 14. The Theme… “Shared Philosophies, Something I’ve Learned” The Purpose …To Be Mindful of How to Treat Others and Handle Life
  14. 15. <ul><li>Rona Corrigan, the Computer </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher, was asked if she </li></ul><ul><li>would work with Kathy to help </li></ul><ul><li>coordinate the students . </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Kathy and Rona explained the project to the students. </li></ul><ul><li>They were asked to think of something they had heard from someone…parent, teacher, coach, friend or relative…they remembered as a positive influence in their lives. </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>Their “sayings” were then put into similar categories. Some of the categories were: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perseverance </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Honesty </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attitude </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Students were divided into two groups depending on their category. </li></ul><ul><li>Within that group, they were paired together to create one quilt square. </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>We met again with Grace to set a date and finalize all the details. </li></ul><ul><li>Discussed the set up of the room and how to involve all the students in the project. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Patty Maher was the 8 th grade teacher who helped organize the structure of the students.
  20. 21. <ul><li>A Year and Three Months Later… </li></ul>
  21. 22. Cromwell Middle School Respect Quilt November 15, 2010
  22. 23. <ul><li>It began as an assembly. </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions were made. </li></ul><ul><li>Students viewed the Peace Quilt video to “kick-off” the workshop. </li></ul>
  23. 26. <ul><li>It was a day the CMS 8 th grade students took a leadership role in making a very important statement… </li></ul><ul><li>They named their quilt, “The Respect Quilt”. </li></ul>
  24. 27. <ul><li>It began as a blank quilt. </li></ul><ul><li>Students worked together, bringing their ideas and paintings into one square. </li></ul>
  25. 37. <ul><li>The Quilt Starts to Take Form. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is involved. </li></ul>
  26. 47. <ul><li>With a sense of unity, one square at a time was carefully placed on the quilt. </li></ul>
  27. 54. <ul><li>The Message of “Respect” was heard throughout the day. </li></ul>
  28. 62. <ul><li>This Quilt will hang in the halls of Cromwell Middle School for a long time to come. </li></ul><ul><li>The 8 th graders of 2010 – 2011 will leave a lasting impression at CMS to be mindful of how to treat others. </li></ul><ul><li>They are the leaders bringing a very important message to others that follow.. </li></ul>
  29. 69. <ul><li>It Began with an Idea…. </li></ul><ul><li>A Special “Thank You” to </li></ul><ul><li>John Maloney, Kathy Sulots, </li></ul><ul><li>Rona Corrigan, Patty Maher </li></ul><ul><li>and the 8 th Grade Staff </li></ul>

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