Last weekend the Woodland Cultural Centre Art staff hosted a free virtual screening of the Quilt of Belonging Documentary. The film was introduced by artists Esther Bryan, who also stayed after the film for a live Q & A session.
Quilt of Belonging is is a richly hued portrait of the human family. It is a 120 ft long collaborative textile art project. The 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of every nation of the world. The Quilt represents all First Peoples living in Canada, First Nations, Inuit and Métis; from Abenaki to Yellowknives Dene First Nation including community members of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
The feedback from everyone was powerful and inspiring. Quilt of Belonging Exhibition at Woodland Cultural Centre has been extended to October 31st, 2020 and will be available for viewing with timed tickets within the next couple of weeks.
Here are just a few of the comments from community members:
“I love that you recorded everyone speaking their own languages, you didn’t require anyone to speak English to participate. Very cool.” – Elisabeth Sunnen
“Thank you so much for this – I can’t wait to be able to come back to WCC!” – Amber Wood
“This is a national treasure! thank you!” – Phyllis Goodfellow
“Niá:wen, I really enjoyed this presentation tonight!” – Jennifer Hayward
We’ve had many requests for the replay of this virtual event. Our staff were able to record the screening and the Q & A so that those who missed it live can still participate. Make sure to Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for more video updates!
Several educators and parents were watching the Online Film Screening of the Quilt of Belonging, and saw the significance of adding the message of the Quilt to their curriculum and sharing it with their children. Quilt of Belonging has a full range of online resources available to help teachers and guide them on projects and lessons to introduce the Quilt.
See Quilt of Belonging Teacher’s Resources here